Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:52
Bowling Green art students are going to spruce up some of the city's snow plows.
|Kenwood Elementary fifth-graders Kaleb Gerken (from left), Leanne Hershberger, Eric Baer and Alyssa Graham paint a Bowling Green Public Works snow plow Friday. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Students at Kenwood, Crim and Conneaut elementaries, plus the middle school, will be painting the plow portion of four city snow plows.
The trucks will be on display during the Black Swamp Arts Festival next weekend, likely on the south end of the festival near 5/3 Bank.
According to Crim art teacher Noreen Overholt, each school has picked an artist, and will incorporate the school's mascot on a plow.
Fifth-graders at the elementaries and eighth-graders at the middle school will do the painting.
Crim students are depicting artist Mark Rothko and will add their cougar mascot; Kenwood will do Van Gogh's Starry Night with their eagles mascot; Conneaut will depict Piet Mondrian with its cat mascot; and the middle school chose Jackson Pollock as its artist with its bobcat mascot.
Assisting are art teachers Jessica Markusic and Kim Sockman.
Putting the plows in the city's holiday parade is also being considered.
The plan is to have each vehicle this winter plow the district in which the students painted it, Overholt said. "So the kids will actually be able to see the snow plow going past their house," she added.
But once the snow season is over, the art will disappear as the street department cleans the plows.
Brian Craft, city Public Works director, said he was unsure how long the paint will last in a snowy winter.
He said his crew starting kicking around the idea a couple years ago, based on an article in American Public Works magazine of a similar project undertaken in Green Bay, Wis.
"That would be kind of cool to do here," he recalled.
Supervisor Ryan Decker reminded Craft "that we had that on the back burner."
Roger Shope, who is a project inspector for the department, is also the festival chairman. And he got the project going.
"If we like doing it, I think we might continue," Overholt said.
Craft said he hopes to make the project as least biennial.
"It was a great idea. I credit Ryan for bringing it back to the forefront."