(2nd Place – Mixed Media)
School: South Anchorage High School
This piece was made with the many violent terrorism attacks that have plagued our planet this past year in mind. I drew inspiration from Simon and Garfunkel’s song Bridge Over Troubled Water, which is also what I decided to name this piece. I chose to use triangles as they can symbolise resilience. If you exert force on any side of a triangle, it will not break. The triangles represent the resilience, in times of tragedy, that communities often show. They all band together in support. On the wave the dark blue triangles represent the deep sorrow that is felt right after a tragedy occurs, and as the triangle fades to the light blue, it shows how the pain we all feel lessens with that support of others. At the caps of the waves the stark white represents hope. The bridge going over the water is meant to represent the helping hands from communities around the world, that offer their support following each tragedy. The bridge is made out of frosted twigs connected by wire. The frost on the twigs represent the overwhelming sense of hope that is being taken over the bridge. The use of the natural material is to represent the natural human response of sympathy during a tragedy. The twigs are used also to contrast the man made chaos of the troubled water or the wave, that represents the terrorism in our world.