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Student artwork becomes collage

April 23, 2008

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Stan Herd works with student art

To commemorate Earth Day, the state turned to an artist whose medium of choice has been giant crop patterns. Enlarge video

— Call it global cooling.

Environmental artist Stan Herd, with assistance from Lawrence artist Claire Doveton, created an Earth Day collage on the covered ice rink in Landon Arena.

They used 20,000 pieces of artwork by children submitted over the past 10 years as part of the "Kansas - Don't Spoil It" calendar contest that is conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

"The genius is in the artwork of these Kansas schoolkids," Herd said. "We were blown away by the art."

A team put the collage together over about 10 hours, said Herd, whose studio is in Lawrence.

The artwork was formed into the shapes of the Earth, Saturn, a sunflower and a rocket ship.

KDHE Secretary Roderick Bremby called the finished product "a one-of-a-kind masterpiece."

But just hours after the work was put together, the drawings were to be boxed up because of a scheduled Topeka Roadrunners hockey game.

A video about Earth Day and the work, however, can be viewed at http://www.you tube.com/watch?v=yNvXsBSquDo

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