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Mills Lawn School artist-in-residence Johanna Smith and art teacher Amy Minehart unveil the new mosaic sign in front of students and faculty Wednesday. (Photos by Matt Minde)

Mills Lawn School artist-in-residence Johanna Smith and art teacher Amy Minehart unveil the new mosaic sign in front of students and faculty Wednesday. (Photos by Matt Minde)

The great unveiling at Mills Lawn School

The air was filled with anticipation, the lawn filled with students Wednesday afternoon, May 23, as Mills Lawn School emptied for the ceremonial unveiling of the new school sign: a mosaic made by fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Johanna Smith, artist-in-residence, and Ms. Amy Minehart, MLS art teacher.

Before the unveiling, some students presented Ms. Smith with cards of thanks, Smith, in turn, thanked the students for their creativity and efforts. She pointed out the intrinsic fragility of mosaics, and noted that the sign would be there “as long as we want it to be there,” meaning that people should be proud and protective of their work, and not pick at the cemented pieces (no matter how tempting), sit or walk on the sign.

Embedded objects included broken bits of colored ceramic, marbles, toy cars, Lego pieces, jewelry, mirrors, shells, even fragments from bowls made by some of the young artists four years ago — anything, in fact, which was special enough to memorialize in the mosaic. Individual items make up faces, snakes, patterns; one needs only to step a few feet back for them to present themselves.

After the ceremony, students returned to their classrooms to finish up the day, leaving a few stragglers, parents and younger children to marvel at the bright, gleaming, colorful construct at the top of the lawn, welcoming one and all.

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