Students began a collaboration to create an artwork marking the 80th anniversary of Laguna Beach High School last year.
It was up to this year’s students in the ceramics class of Somer Selway and those enrolled in Scott Wittkop’s ROP multimedia design class to finalize the project, installed behind the Guyer Field snack bar, says a school district announcement.
Working with the class was Hurley’s lead production artist Josh Grelock and community outreach artist coordinator Jennie Cotterill. “One of the challenges in large group projects is managing so many ideas and finding a cohesive direction,” Cotterill said. “But the multimedia design students were able to put their individual skill sets to good use, and it felt like every student had an active role in the project.”
The colorful results depict the school’s artistic history and connection to the school’s physical environment. Eighty ceramic mosaic components signifying each year of the school’s history are sprinkled across a richly hued sky. The red sun focal point reads “LBHS 80 Years,” and radiates into yellow and orange beams.