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Teacher, students make water bottle art for Artrageous Fridays

Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 7:49 p.m. CDT; updated 8:54 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 19, 2012
Water bottles hang Thursday on the corner of Orr and Walnut streets in preparation for Artrageous Fridays. The bottles were hung by sixth-grade art teacher Amy Company's Eco Art Club and the Art Academic Lab from Smithton Middle School. The project is meant to be a commentary on how many water bottles people use and, in turn, throw away without thinking. The bottles were brought in by students in the sixth grade at Smithton Middle School. The project will hang until the first full week in May.

COLUMBIA — Artrageous Fridays is trying something new.

This Friday will feature a "guerrilla art" theme: temporary and unique art located around downtown Columbia.

To participate, Amy Company, a sixth-grade art teacher at Smithton Middle School, created art made of plastic water bottles with her class. She said she got the idea from treehugger.com.

On that website, she spotted a work of art that MSLK, a marketing and design agency, made as part of its Watershed project, an eco-installation to help the public visualize the effects of water bottle consumption. Company contacted them and asked permission to recreate the project. She said the agency recognized the class for its  version on MSLK blog.

"When I saw (Artrageous Fridays) was right next to Earth Day I thought it would be the perfect combination," Company said.

Artrageous Fridays is a quarterly event that is open and free to the community. It is a self-guided art crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays that displays the diverse artistic features of the city, according to its website.


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