IUSB Fine Arts Club Creates Scupture for Food Drive

Sep 19, 2019


The 14 foot tall paper mache tree is made entirely of paper and wheat paste.
Credit Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

The Fine Arts Club at IU South Bend has created a 14 foot tall paper mache giving tree for a food drive Thursday.

The tree is made up of mostly outdated suggestion slips donated by Martin’s Supermarkets. 

Since February, when Martin’s approached them with the idea, 12 members of the club put about 120 hours into the tree. It took 60 gallons of wheat paste, all those suggestion slips, and a bit of newspaper to build the structure. 

The sculpture is accompanying a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and Titans feeding Titans.

“I believe art brings people together," said Kolton Sizer, the President of the Fine Arts Club. "It gives us something to stand behind. It creates an image for what we’re trying to create here.”

Sizer said they’re also shooting for a world record for the biggest free-standing paper mache sculpture. 

The food drive, and the sculpture are just for today. “It’s kind of like a firework," Sizer said. "It’s meant to be a temporary piece of art.” 

It’ll be outside of Wiekamp hall until 6 p.m. on Thursday.


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