Hands of Heart Mountain Internees cast in Gaffer Crystal from New Zealand

(Riverton, Wyo.) - Members of the Riverton High School Glass Art Class have waited 10 years to install a single piece of art in the James Ito Memorial Garden at the Heart Mountain Relocation Interpretive Center between Powell and Cody. "James Ito's life experience touched my students so much they wanted to do an art piece to preserve his memory and be a gift to the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center," said RHS Art Glass Instructor Marianne Vinich. The piece in question, a large glass mosiac, has been in storage for 10 years, but it will come out of its locker and be transported to Powell on June 2nd to be installed. [image: Inline image 2] *The Art Glass Mosiac created by Riverton High School artists. (Pitchengine Communities) * This will be the third installation RHS students have prepared for the center. They also completed a glass painting of Estelle Ishigo, a caucasian woman who lived in the camp. Another piece on display is also the work of Riverton artists. "Four of our students went to Las Vegas in 2005 to cast the hands of some 87 former internees of Heart Mountain at a reunion there," said Vinich. "Eighteen of those hands were permanently cast in Crystal Billets from Auckland, New Zealand." Known as Gaffer Glass, the pink crystal castings were added to the permanent collection at Heart Mountain, with one pair of hands on display. Those are the hands of James and Toshi Ito. You may recall the couple's son, Lance, was the judge in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. #reboot #springcity #county10