The goal of the artwork is to represent our Gainesville relationship with Kfar-Saba. The inspiration came from the greenery that surrounds us. The two circles represent both places in the world and the tree represents the growth in both places over time. I want someone that views the artwork to recognize the importance of being and or having a relationship with another place because them seeing this will make them want to research about it and possibly make a difference. The reason why I want this piece of art to be 9ft tall and about 6ft wide is so that way it is recognizable ad noticeable. I believe the materials I want to use for it is pretty practical and very safe. I want this piece of art be safe enough for kids and is weather resistant. There isn’t really a meaning behind the shape of it itself but I tried to make it safe and strong enough to withstand the weather. The artwork enhances the surroundings by not only the way it looks but by the way it could possibly make people feel. I think it could also work next to bo diddly plaza or a park. This piece of art I believe could be used in many different places.By: Aaralyn Silva
Letter to the Mayor
Dear Mayor Lauren Poe,
My name is Aaralyn Silva. I’m an 7th grade student at P.K. Yonge, and I am designing a work of installation art to represent the friendship between Gainesville and Kfar-Saba.
I’d like to propose large twin sculptures, approximately nine feet high, six feet wide – just about taller than a human being to inspire people to be amazed while intriguing them to research more. This aluminum sculpture, in the form of two places being connected by a tree (to represent Kfar-Saba), would embody the growing relationship between Kfar-Saba and Gainesville that began in 1997. Please see the attached drawings for more detail. The sculpture would be very inspiring and I believe for it to be a uplifting stance on representing our relationship for Gainesville/Kfar-Saba while also being strong and resistant to weather. (The symbols on this sculpture would be carved into the glass)
Ideally, the sculptures would be installed prominently in both Gainesville and Kfar-Saba. Near the Bo-Diddley Plaza area in Gainesville would be a perfect location. The proposed location in Kfar-Saba is yet to be determined. Please see the attached visualizations.
I hope my artwork will inspire citizens of Gainesville to learn about Mejdlaya and Lebanon. I hope that it will be a physical reminder of our friends in other countries. When someone looks at my art piece I want then to recognize the importance of these two places, whenever someone looks at the art they should want to learn more ad when they do it could possibly make some sort of difference over there in Kfar-Saba. It will bring our cities closer together, it will celebrate our differences and friendships, and it will make the world at once more wondrous and more accessible to the people of Kfar-Saba and Gainesville.
Thank you for your consideration,