NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Leslie Krueger's concern with the environment
made one particular art assignment in her senior year a tough one to do.
She was given a wine box made of wood from a 1,000-year-old redwood
tree and asked to replicate an existing painting on the box as a way of
creating a new piece of art.
The fact that redwood trees had been cut down to make wine boxes upset
What Krueger, 18, came up with earned her an Arnold Directory Art
Scholarship fund of $500 that she will put toward fall semester tuition
at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
"I recreated a painting of a female Mexican saint, because the look on
her face in the original painting caught my eye," Krueger said. "The
woman in the painting looks at peace, even though her father is
crucifying her for not marrying a wealthy suitor."
Krueger said more than 1,000 wine boxes were donated to her high
school art class. But to her, the wine boxes represented a serious
tragedy, because they were made from old trees like the ones she has been
going to see since her childhood.
"The redwoods are beautiful, huge trees that can be about 10 feet wide
and 300 feet tall," Krueger said. "I decided to create something that
draws connections between humans and nature to killing and wealth."
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