Thomas Elementary School
Student artists create mural for Dublin library
Several artists had a hand in the mural that will soon grace a wall of the Dublin branch library's children's section.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Thomas Elementary School have been working on the bottle cap mural that is expected to be installed on a wall in the children's section of the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library next month.
Loren Scully, library assistant manager, said she'd seen lots of bottle cap artwork around Dublin elementary schools and procured a bottle cap butterfly from Riverside Elementary School for the library.
"We have these huge bulletin boards at the library," she said. "I asked (Thomas Elementary art teacher) Zach (Stoller) to make a bottle cap mural."
The 16-foot-long-by-4-foot-tall mural is portable and can be moved if the library relocates, Scully said.
The idea for the mural that includes flowers, shamrocks, a caterpillar and the "Dublin Reads" slogan came about at the end of the last school year and Stoller said fourth and fifth graders have been working on it for about two months.
"We start with the idea which came from the library," he said. "I had kids submit sketches and did a composite drawing of the best. I submitted that to the library."
To make the mural, Stoller said he drew the sketch onto four large wood boards which students then painted. After that, students hot glued plastic bottle caps onto the wood.
"The whole school brings in caps," he said. "The kids know they'll eventually get to do this project."
Bottle cap art has been going on at Thomas for a few years. There are murals in the school library and in hallways.
Bottle cap artist Michelle Stutzlein of Baltimore, Ohio, visited the school a few years ago, Stoller said.
"They typically take a couple months," he said of the murals. "The longest part is getting the painting done."
The mural destined for the Dublin branch library was close to finished last week as volunteers used screws to make sure the bottle caps stay put.
"They'll last forever," Stoller said of the murals.
With several artists involved in the work, Scully said she's seen families come in and point at bottle caps on the butterfly already at the library.
"They know what caps they brought in," she said.
The thought of having artwork at the library means a lot to students, Stoller said.
"They're really proud of it," he said. "I try to make a big deal about projects being hung up around here and the library has been great with this. ... They're super proud about it."
Scully said the artwork will be dedicated to the students when it hits the wall next month.