DENVER - It's "Time to Shine" in Lyons. That's the name of a giant mural created by the students and staff at Lyons Elementary school.
After overcoming the massive Sept. 11, 2013 flood, the students want to embrace all that they have. More than 430 works of art compiled into a massive wooden quilt show hope, resilience and love for one another.
"For the 'Time to Shine' project, students shared their unique message to the world on white boards, giving the littlest voices the opportunity to share their message with the world," Peggy Dyer said.
Dyer is a Denver-based photographer who has focused her career on her "One Million Faces" project. As the name suggests, Dyer hopes to capture the images and spirit of one million people.
Dyer and her team took pictures of all of the students and staff at Lyons Elementary on Dec. 2, 2013. That was the first day Lyons Elementary reopened to students.
For most of February, Dyer spent every day at Lyons Elementary, teaching art and collage making.
Each child created two original seven inch collages of wood. They kept one; the other was added to the mural.
After the flooding when Lyons was shot down, the elementary school on High Street became a FEMA headquarters, a temporary town hall and a shelter for families who had no where to go after he flood hit.
This mural will hang in the entryway to Lyons Elementary is not somber or dark which one might expect considering what chaos the students went through following flood.
It is just the opposite.
"Time to Shine" is joyful, hopeful and a display of the tight community that is rebuilding Lyons.
The students will have a special assembly at school for a big reveal Thursday afternoon. In the evening, 5:30-9pm, the community is invited to view the one-of-a-kind quilt.
For more information about "Time to Shine" and artist Peggy Dyer: http://www.onemillionfaces.org/?p=777.
To see all the things Lyons Elementary is doing: http://lyonses.stvrain.k12.co.us.
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