Cleburne teens use art to honor heroes in Boston and West

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 10:20 PM

CLEBURNE — A unique and inspirational student art project is drawing praise in Cleburne.

Following the tragedies in both Boston and West, Texas, students in Dawn Kerbs' advanced art class at Cleburne High were trying to come up with a way show their solidarity.

Kerbs suggested finding what were soon-to-be iconic photos of men and women responding to the tragedies, and then molding cardboard sculptures out of the images.

All 11 sculptures are finally on display at the Cultural Arts Center in a giant installation.

"It brought me to tears the first time I saw it all up on there on stage together," Kerbs said.

Senior Itzel Anderson said her inspiration came from different images she saw of men carrying women from the explosion zones, including a now infamous one in Boston.

"It grabs at your heart, pulls your heart string a little bit," Anderson said.

Another student, now graduated, used a YouTube video he saw of a woman and her baby fleeing the fiery apartment complex in West.

"That one is really powerful," Kerbs said.

The students used recycled cardboard meshed together with tape and paint to assemble a life-size version of what started as a three-dimensional design.

The project took about six weeks last school year, but was only recently finally assembled as one installation. A permanent home for it has yet to be decided.

Both Anderson and her classmate, Chelsea Miller, said they wouldn't mind seeing the display go on the road, perhaps first to West and then to Boston.

"This was something we took from real life," Miller said. "It was real people and it really happened to them."

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