Maconaquah Elementary students participate in Art From the Sky. Provided by Daniel Dancer/Art from the Sky
Maconaquah Elementary students participate in Art From the Sky. Provided by Daniel Dancer/Art from the Sky
BUNKER HILL – The rain subsided for less than 30 minutes on Thursday morning. But that’s all the time around 640 students at Maconaquah Elementary School needed to create a massive art installation outside the school doors.

The project was called “Art For The Sky.” The students organized themselves into what would looked like the image of an Indian warrior from anyone flying over the school.

“We pulled the whole thing off in about half hour,” said Elementary Principal Kelly McPike. “The wind died down just enough and the sun even came out a little bit. It was blue skies just as we took the final photo. We definitely had lady luck on our side this morning.”

Daniel Dancer is the creator of “Art For The Sky.” He’s traveled all over the world doing art installations with young kids.

Dancer reached out to Maconaquah last year about doing one of the art installations at the school. After doing a little research, the district was on board, McPike said.

She said the project promotes teamwork, listening and following directions – all with the goal of creating a “living piece of art that only lasts about 10 minutes.”

“It was a unique opportunity to learn and do something in a big way, and get a different perspective on the world at the same time," McPike said

The students spent Wednesday outside painting out the design across the open space. Students brought mulch, used soda cans and old jeans to fill in some parts of the design.

On Thursday, all the students put on different colored shirts to fill in the pattern to create an Indian warrior.

McPike said the image was a great representation of the school and the region, which was once home to the Miami Indians.

“It’s about promoting our history and this region of Indiana, and honoring that,” she said. “We’re very mindful and respectful of the fact that we’re named for Maconaquah, and we want to honor that heritage.”

McPike said there was a sense of excitement in the air as the kids worked to create the image on Thursday.

And when Dancer took the photo from 80-feet in the air while standing on an aerial lift, the students and staff even felt a little inspired.

“It was so amazing that I had tears in my eyes,” McPike said. “We came together in that spirit of togetherness where everyone felt like they belonged. It’s so cool to know that when you come together, you can create something beautiful on a big scale like this.”

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