Barbieri Elementary School mosaic, Framingham MA. 2014. Collaboratively designed with original concept by Martha Fuentes, facilitated by Jeannette Brossart, created by 625+ students K-5th grade.
9' x 5', photo and assistance by Maria Enrique.
"Somos Estudiantes Orgullosos de Barbieri" means "We are proud students of Barbieri", which is part of the school pledge which is recited each day. The tree is modeled after the Mexican Tree of Life, a ceramic craft tradition, the 4 birds represent the multicultural presence of this community (Bald Eagle/US, Parrot/Carribean, Queztal/Mexico and Central America, and Navarro Pirineo/Spain). The child is meant to represent "every child", not a boy/girl, not one specific heritage ("skin" tiles are in 5 different shades). The books represent learning and early education. The sun stands for Barbieri "CARE" values.
Kindergarten students created the sun.
1st graders created the border letter and pattern blocks
2nd graders created the tree trunk/branches, parts of the sky, and books
3rd graders created the leaves and flowers
4th graders created the birds
5th graders created the child and grass.