Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Six Two Twenty Ten: More Chicago

The school that we saw and wished we had sent our children to was called The Nettelhorst.  It is in the East Lakeview section of Chicago.  We were fascinated by the fabric tied to the gate posts all around the school yard.  The explanation hanging on the fence was essentially that the rainbow of fabric swatches is a shout-out to the neighborhood-so diverse and inclusive.  Indeed, we felt very much accepted and safe there.  Feast your eyes.



4 comments:

kathy a. said...

how beautiful! and what a great school. i just took a quick look at the website and am impressed.

tomorrow they are having an international day! my kids' school did that, and it was glorious. back in the day, i did costumes for entire classrooms (india, peru, russia, etc.), and helped with food; the kids learned about their countries, and did artwork and performances.

the fabric on the fences reminds me of strands of origami cranes, like the ones we saw created by children from around the world at the hiroshima peace park. colorful, diverse, embracing. i can't tell how the pink section in one of the photos is crafted, but it looks worked.

jo(e) said...

I just love all the fabric. Such a simple statement, but so powerful.

kathy a. said...

maybe it is pink ribbons?

Yankee, Transferred said...

Kathy A-the whole thing is long, rectangular strips of fabric.