You don't need to travel all the way to Spain to see Picasso's Guernica, thanks to the work of students in Assistant Professor of Studio Art Logan Grider's first-year seminar, Making Art. Eight students produced a full-size, three-dimensional replica of the famous painting, now on display in the Lang Performing Arts Center lobby through Jan. 3, 2013.
The students divided the painting into eight units to provide each a section upon which to work. They then began building directly on their panels with only hot glue and cardboard, and without knowing precisely how their piece would fit together with the others to create the whole image. The students finished the project with an increased awareness of how the illusion of space is created in painting. At approximately 11' x 25', the relief is the same size of the actual painting, which is housed in Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia.
This year's display follows the student reproduction of Thomas Eakins's The Gross Clinic, made by Grider's Fall 2011 Making Art class. Grider joined Swarthmore's faculty in 2009.