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Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance © 2006 Harriete Estel Berman Recycled materials including: wood floor, yardsticks, rulers, tin containers, canvas, buckles, desk and chair. 10k. gold rivets. Printed banner and graphic.

7.5’ ht. x 10’ w. x 7’ d.


Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance © 2006 Harriete Estel Berman Recycled materials including: wood floor, yardsticks, rulers, tin containers, canvas, buckles, desk and chair. 10k. gold rivets. Printed banner and graphic.

7.5’ ht. x 10’ w. x 7’ d.


Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance © 2006 Harriete Estel Berman Recycled materials including: wood floor, yardsticks, rulers, tin containers, canvas, buckles, desk and chair. 10k. gold rivets. Printed banner and graphic.

7.5’ ht. x 10’ w. x 7’ d.


Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance

Measuring Compliance © 2006 Harriete Estel Berman Recycled materials including: wood floor, yardsticks, rulers, tin containers, canvas, buckles, desk and chair. 10k. gold rivets. Printed banner and graphic.

7.5’ ht. x 10’ w. x 7’ d.


grass\’gras\   		(detail)

grass\’gras\ (detail)

grass\’gras\ © 2000-01 Harriete Estel Berman
9’ x9’ lawn of grass cut from post consumer tin cans. 36 steel base panels (each panel 18” square).
Close-up view of a few of the over 32,400 individual blades of grass cut from pre-printed, recycled steel.

5.5" height x 9’ length x 9’ depth


grass\’gras\

grass\’gras\

grass\’gras\ © 2000-01 Harriete Estel Berman
9’ x9’ lawn of grass cut from post consumer tin cans. 36 steel base panels (each panel 18” square).
Slide showing installation at the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, Russel Hill Rogers Gallery
Over 32,400 individual blades of grass cut from pre-printed, recycled steel.

5.5" height x 9’ length x 9’ depth


Focus pencils close-up image from installation Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin

Focus pencils close-up image from installation Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin

Focus on the theme behind this work.


Pencils make a point in the bell curve titled: Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin.

Pencils make a point in the bell curve titled: Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin.

Close up view.
There are photos and explanation about this installation from recycled, re-purposed materials is on my web site at: http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/sculpt/pencilPage.html


Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin (close up view)

Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin (close up view)

This is a close up view. The installation is 28' wide and 15' tall. Each color area of the bell curve represents one stanine in the bell curve results of standardized tests.

Students that take standardized tests are evaluated using a bell curve to manage the date. The tests are nationally normed so that most of the students fit within the center three stanines.

Students that deviate from the norm fit into the outer stanines indicating both higher and lower performance.

In my sculpture, this is represented by the three stanines on either end using regular #2 pencils with a colored exterior.

The stanine of red pencils is an example.

The social commentary about the impact of standardized testing on our educational system is enormous. There is huge financial investment resulting in a tremendous impact on the students, teachers, school districts, and the content of the curriculum.

In addition, standardized tests only evaluate a small spectrum of student ability excluding the arts, athletic and theatrical performance, creativity, and more.


Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin

Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin

Pick UP Your Pencils, Begin is a gigantic bell curve 28' wide and 15' tall about the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.

The pencils were sent to me from all over the world, but mostly from the United States. Whole classrooms sent me pencils. Learn more about the fabrication process which took five years on my web site at: http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/sculpt/pencilPage.html


American Craft Article about Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin

American Craft Article about Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin

Installation constructed entirely from pencils about the impact of standardized testing on education. The bell curve of pencils is 28' wide and 15' tall.

It ships easily in five boxes and installs in four hours. Please inquire about exhibition.
Read more about this sculpture, the five year process and current exhibitions on my web site: http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/sculpt/pencilPage.html
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