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Kids Make World Cup Mural, and Lots of Friends Too
On the first day of the project the students listened to a talk by Japanese artist Teiko Nishimori. Afterwards the kids got together to discuss their ideas and then made sketches on paper that fit the theme: friendship between people, animals, and plants and the desire for peace on earth.
On day three the students pooled their creativity and coordinated their efforts. With help from Ms. Nishimori they created a colorfully balanced and well-arranged work of art.
While working on the mural, the kids became good friends with each other. Japanese sixth grader Yuki Tanabe became pals with a student from Mexico. Together they painted a famous Mexican ruin on the top right corner. A soccer player himself, Yuki said, "It was a little difficult to keep the colors from running together, but apart that, it was a blast."
When the fourth and last day came they worked on perfecting every detail. To make sure it would survive the wind and rain they put on at least three coats of paint. It was so big they had to go up to the second floor of the gymnasium to see it all. When they saw their completed work they shouted with joy.
The mural will be on display in the park through June 30.
Photos: (Top) A detail of the completed mural; (Second)
On display at Tanmachi Park; (Third and fourth) Kids from Japan and
eight other countries work together to make a balanced work of art (Kanagawa
Ward, Yokohama City); (Bottom) The unveiling on February 24.