TALE OF THE TIGER
When RISD Superintendent Dr. Howell Wright wanted to
Senior art students Corolyn Holub and Kennedy Cooke-Garza had previously painted a pair of ominous Tiger eyes for the press box at Tiger Stadium so they were up to the task.
When the talented girls finished, they had drawn and painted a 16 x 16 foot Tiger that now hangs 15 feet in the air on the south end of the impressive new gym and is sure to intimidate any opponent that walks through the door.
"The picture of the Tiger in the new gymnasium is awesome and reflects the talents of two gifted high school students," Dr. Wright said. "It is very honorable for a district to display authentic student work that will last for decades. I am proud that we can add a personal touch to a beautiful facility and I appreciate the time and efforts of Kennedy and Corolyn and their teacher Faye Lee Cox who facilitated this process over the summer."
Instead of using just one image, they decided to freehand the design using elements from five or six different pictures of different Tigers. That way the Tiger was much more lifelike and three-dimensional.
It is made with eight different 4 x 8 masonite boards.
"We did it this way because the girls were too young to ride a lift," Cox said. " Then we got a professional to hang the Tiger on the gym wall.
"The professional said if the school had hired a professional artist/contractor it would have probably cost at least $6,000 and would have taken several weeks.
"The girls finished it in 48 hours. Kennedy posted a great video on YouTube showing the progression of the Tiger from start to finish."
"I was hoping that Kennedy and I would be able to do something together and the mural is an exciting way to put a mark on the school in our final project," Holub said. "But I know that five years from now when I walk in there, I'm still going to want to change some things."
Cox took a picture of the mural about every 30 minutes so the girls could mark their progress.
"The initial sketch of it was the most difficult aspect," Cooke-Garza said. "Just getting all the proportions right. We had to add a foot to get all the jaw in. Once we got that done, the painting was pretty easy."
Like Holub, Cooke- Garza sees imperfections in the painting that only they would notice.
"There are a few things that I would change, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it," she said. "We were thinking about it in the painting process that this is going to be here for a long time and that's pretty cool."