Starry Night Mosaic Still a Work in Progress

At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, art teacher, Mrs. Teri Hay, had an idea to beautify the courtyard area at the high school. The 11 foot high retaining wall was dirty and unattractive, and Mrs. Hay decided to have her art students turn it into a mosaic of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. She anticipated that it would be finished by the end of the school year. Mrs. Hay had to learn a lot about mosaics, breaking down the masterpiece into segments, cement walls, and how to make her dream stand up to the elements. All that has combined to extend the project. The revised completion date is Summer, 2012. Mrs. Hay estimates that 500 students have worked with over 60,000 pieces of mosaic glass in preparation for the final steps which involve putting the wall segments together to form a cohesive design. Mrs. Hay and some of her students have been working this summer to help make the dream a reality. Rising seniors, Billy Green and Mitch Domin, along with rising sophomores, Cheyenne Zuck and Claudia Tontodonati, were at the wall recently patiently piecing the vision together.