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About the Artist: Greg Holdren, Friend Public Schools, "Aquatic Homes"


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About the Artist
Greg Holdren, Friend Public Schools

Friend, Nebraska is a town of about 1100 people, 292 of whom are students of the Friend Public Schools. Friend Schools - Elementary, Jr. High, and High School -are all located in the same building. Inside that building, all of the students, K-12, work in the same art room, a crowded but interesting space. Mr. Holdren teaches the Friend School Art Classes.

Friend students of all grade levels have worked together to produce this rain barrel.

Within the various age groups we have discussed the value of water, the dependency of life on water, and the value of conserving water as a resource.

Artwork Interpretation
"Aquatic Homes"


Location: Wild Bird Habitat, 5601 S 56th St.

Within the various age groups we have discussed the value of water, the dependency of life on water, and the value of conserving water as a resource.

Many of the students who submitted sketches for the project were encouraged to recognize how many creatures make their home in a water environment. The lives of these creates are easily compromised by drought, pollution, and human encroachment.

Our barrel displays different bands of water filled with some of the life which might be found there. On the back side in a pool of darker water are the microscopic creatures which also make their home in water.

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Watershed Education: 2009 Artistic Rain Barrel Program