Over twenty teens participated in the creation of Stella the Stegosaurus from March-July of 2014. The project began with the creation of a variety of designs presented to Board of Water and Light (BWL) officials who then selected a design to be sculpted for the 2014 Silver Bells Parade.
Teens then took a field trip to the Capital Area Recycling and Trash facility to select recycled materials to be used in the dinosaur’s creation.
Youth worked with guest artist Dan Nunez on the creation of the dinosaur using a variety of salvaged materials (PVC pipe, scrap wood, bike wheels, insulation foam, chicken-wire, and hundreds of plastic bottles and milk jugs). Teens also worked with a variety of new materials (LED’s, fabric fiberglass, epoxy resin, and a variety of expanding foams). Teens also used a variety of new tools (staple-guns, hammers, utility knives, handsaws) and witnessed the use of a variety of power tools.
Technological skills were acquired when teens brainstormed the history of light, created sketches and then converted them into solid vector images using Adobe Photoshop. These images were then taken to Automated Precision Equipment where the acrylic plates lining Stella’s back were carved with a CNC (computer numeric control) machine.
The unveiling occurred on July 16 at the Board of Water and Light Train Depot. Mayor Virg Bernero, several BWL commissioners, and nearly 100 people recognized the teens for the creation of the new Live Green Lansing Mascot.
Video Produced by Dan Hartley