Posted by: groundsforsculpture | April 14, 2010

Through a Child’s Eyes (part 3)

By Meredith Neubeck, Admission Staff

Following a school field trip in December, a sixth grade class from West Windsor Plainsboro Community Middle School was given an assignment to write what they thought different sculptures were really about. The following are more of their short essays:

John Van Alstine, Juggler I, 1993. Granite, Bronze. Coutesy of the Artist. Photo by David Steele.

John Van Alstine, Juggler I:

“My interpretation of this piece is that some people can do a lot of things at one time and keep their focus, while others cannot. In this piece you can see an arm and there is a ball rolling down it. On top of the arm there is a ring and on top of that ring there is a very heavy weight. Finally, on top of that very heavy weight there is a diamond. This person perhaps was distracted by something and forgot that they were holding all of that stuff.”

Albert Paley, Dragon Fish:

“This art means that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Some people might say that metal can’t be used for art. Some people say it can be used to create many different kinds of artwork. Don’t turn something away. Even if you think it’s junk, it could be treasure.”

Christoph Spath, Fluxus, 1999. Vermont Verde Antique Serpentine, Plate Glass, LED light. Courtesy of the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by David Steele.

Christoph Spath, Fluxus:

“I think this piece of art symbolizes change. The regular rock part is old and faded, sort of disappearing. It is like the past growing old and people beginning to forget about it. The red line in the middle symbolizes the present. It represents the fact that things are changing. When people look at this piece they see the red line, not the rock. People worry more about what is happening now than what has happened before.”

Dana Stewart, Sue's Nightmare, 1999. Cast Bronze. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by David Steele.

Dana Stewart, Sue’s Nightmare:

“I think this artwork is really about how you should never underestimate something. This picture shows a small animal that looks dangerous. When people see something small they don’t think much of it. But in this picture it looks like the animal is going to hurt somebody. I think the artist who made this sculpture is trying to teach you that you should never underestimate something, even if it is small.”



  1. Good insight from children, Meredith! (Yes, I FINALLY went ot the blog site)!


  2. Just as written in one of the above essays ‘you should never underestimate something, even if it is small’, we should never underestimate our children’s observations and thoughts and should listen to them. I enjoyed these essays. They are so original. Thanks for posting them, Meredith.


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