Reimagining Monuments Artists

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This installation shows how young artists met the challenge of identifying the people and events in their own lives and considering how best to represent them in public spaces. The project emerged from community activities and conversations that critiqued local monuments.  Students got acquainted with notable Oregonians and historical events, to promote understanding of the many ways people and events can inspire us.  They identified people or events in their own lives whom they view as monument-worthy and designed a monument to celebrate them. Their final work includes both the designs of proposed monuments and artist statements describing the subject and theme of their monumental proposals.

Reimagined Monuments ArtistArtist: Chris

School: Caesar Chavez Elementary

Age: 

Statement: When I grow up I want to be a scuba diver because I like swimming and it looks fun to interact with sea animals. In my free time I love to watch TV and watching people role play inspires me to want to become an actor.  

I am inspired by Rosa Parks because she was a leader for people of color by choosing to sit at the front of a bus. This act demanded equality between whites and blacks to allow those of color to sit at the front of city buses.  


Artist: Lily

School: Caesar Chavez Elementary

Age: 10  

Statement: I want to become a vet or work at an animal shelter when I grow up. I am inspired by animals because they are cute, cuddly, and I love my cat named Penny! 


Artist: Eddy 

School: River Road Elementary

Age: 

Statement: When I grow up there are a lot of things I want to be a police officer, a firefighter or a teacher. Each job protects or serves the community and I can be a leader for other people.

The person I am inspired by is my mom. I love my mom so much and she takes care of our family. My mom is a really good cook and my favorite meal that she makes are her special tacos. I hope to learn how to cook just like her and make really good food as I grow up.


Artist: Priscilla

School: River Road Elementary

Age: 10

Statement: (What she wants to be when she grows up)

I am inspired by my mom and my uncle Anthony. My mom because she has always been there for me when I needed her. I appreciate all that she has done for me and my siblings. My uncle Anthony I idolize because he is a great basketball player and I’ve always wanted to be a basketball player just like him.


Artist: Ben 

School: River Road Elementary

Age: 11 

Statement: My dream is to be drafted into the NFL and become a professional football player. I love the sport but more importantly it will allow me to take care of my family and I.  

My biggest inspiration is my cousin. I aspire to be just like him because he followed his dream of playing professional sports. He plays professional basketball now and watching him as I grow up allows me to know what steps to take to reach my dream of playing in the NFL.  


Artist: Isaih 

School: River Road Elementary

Age: 12 

Statement: When I grow up I want to become a professional gamer and utilize my platform to do what I love; along with helping other young gamers to do the same. I am inspired by Youtube Gamer Albert Aretz aka “AlbertStuff” or “Flamingo”. He is one of the most famous people on the internet with more than 640,000 followers on Twitter, 1.38 million subscribers on YouTube, and 828,000 followers on Instagram. Albert’s current YouTube channel, titled Flamingo, has more than 7.59 million subscribers.


Artist: Olivia 

School: River Road Elementary

Age: 12 

Statement: For my project I chose to represent my ancestors of the confederate indian tribes. My indigenious background is very important to my family and I. We do our best to express this in our everyday lives by taking pride and empowering others to do the same. Each section represents different parts of the overall indian culture and what I find impactful towards my cultural upbringing. 


Artist: Tobin 

School: Private Community - 5th Grade

Age: 10 

Statement: My “monument-worthy” subject is my grandfather because I aspire to be like him when I grow up. My grandfather is a cardiologist doctor and I would like to become a doctor too but I am unsure what type of doctor I want to be. Becoming a doctor will allow me to continuously learn new things and take care of my family in the future.  


Artist: Lem 

School: Private Community -5th Grade

Age: 10 

Statement: I am inspired by mother Erin Moore because she works really hard to take care of my family and I as an architect. For my monument I focused on my mothers work and one of her most known projects titled “Hayne Inlet”. You can find my mother’s project here


Artist: Jazzy 

School: Private Community -5th Grade

Age: 11 

Statement: For my project I chose to focus on my favorite hobby, ballet. I’ve been doing ballet since I was three (3) years old and this year is my eighth year. Am I excited for this year because I will be doing eight (8) separate performances in one day. I love Oregon Ballet because my instructor John is very inspirational and a great teacher. He started dancing when he was a kid which led to him becoming an instructor and is now entering his 30th year.  


Artist: Cameron 

School: Private Community -5th Grade

Age: 11 

Statement: When I was younger I visited Maui, Hawaii for family vacation where we also celebrated my birthday. I found the entire trip to be very inspirational since it was my first time visiting this island. The environment and culture of Hawaii allowed my family and I to enjoy ourselves and appreciate our time together. Being able to visit for my birthday makes me want to explore other beautiful islands for my future birthdays.  


Artist: Mohini  

School: Private Community - 6th Grade

Age: 11  

Statement: My cousin Devika is one of my biggest inspirations because she is the definition of an individual that has followed her dreams and achieved them throughout her lifetime. As a graphics designer she has had the opportunity to work and live in New York. Overall, it's great to have an individual that is in my family that I can look up to and aspire to be like by following my dreams.  


Artist: Sam  

School: Private Community - 6th Grade

Age: 11 

Statement: Teddy Roosevelt inspires me because he changed the world by finding purpose in land by preserving certain areas to act as national parks aka the Antiquities Act of 1906. Along with saving wildlife which I find very important to human life and the health of our earth. As I grow up I want to continue to travel the world and discover new national parks.  


Artist: Sam 

School: Private Community - 6th Grade

Age: 11 

Statement: My project is based on the creator of the mathematical constant (Pi, 3.14), Archimedes. He was a leader in multiple facets of life working as a mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer. An example of a very inspirational moment of his life was utilizing natural sunlight and mirrors as a way to destroy ships of his enemies. In other words, he combined all of his skills to organically defeat and overcome those who were a threat. Archimedes intelligence speaks for itself and has allowed him to change the entire world.  


Reimagined Monuments Artist

Artist: Theo  

School: Private Community - 6th Grade

Age: 12 

Statement: I decided to choose a natural site for my monument project. The site I have chosen is Death Valley because I have visited with my family and I love every bit of the area, even the extreme heat. I’ve grown so much interest on the site that I did research to learn more about its development and the impact it has made as a natural site.  

 

Artist: Max  

School: Private Community - 6th Grade

Age: 12 

Statement: My project represents my great grandmother or as we call her “Nanana” and I have chose her because she was one of many that grew up during the Great Depression and World War ll era. She recently turned 94 and her long lived life inspires me because she is resilient and supportive towards my family.  


Artist: Jill  

School: Private Community - 6th Grade

Age: 12 

Statement: Greta Thunberg is the individual I find “monument-worthy” and very inspirational because she is an activist for climate change. More importantly, she is breaking barriers by being outspoken as a very young female and I believe that she has created awareness and has made an impact throughout our entire world based on her confidence and bravery.