Artists transform paper and wire into public art at Sheridan College

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — With a creative eye and unique approach, students at Sheridan College have turned paper and wire into a piece of public art, giving it a temporary home outside the Whitney Academic Center. Sheridan College recently had a donor appreciation event for the Whitney Center for the Arts, and Sheridan College Art Faculty Jason Lanka and his class decided to put some of their work on display for the event. "This piece is (made of) quarter-inch round mild steel and paper," Lanka told Dally today, as students worked on upkeep of the installation. The eye-catching white paper has a short life span in Wyoming's outdoors, so the students removed it today. What was unique about this particular project, Lanka said, was the role-reversal it gave the students. When artists take on public art commissions, they often face questions that are out of their realm of expertise. "When you get that big, there are a lot of questions that are out of the students' experience, and outside of a lot of artists' experience. A professional fabricator will provide that knowledge: these are the weight problems, these are the structural problems ... They did all the design, and I was functioning more in that role." Sheridan College student Tori Golab told Dally that the sculpture grew, changed and evolved as the students planned it. "We had to plan ways to get it off the ground, and towards the end of the design, we were trying to think of ways to cover it or add to it instead of wire," Golab said. "We all kind of came up with the paper airplanes." [image: Inline image 2] *Pitchengine Communities photo* [image: Inline image 1] *Pitchengine Communities photo* #dally #news