As part of its art curriculum, Saint Mary School, Gilroy students and art instructor, Lourdes’ Morante-Mieses, created an installation art scene of the Nativity in the school lobby to celebrate the Christmas season.
Under the guidance of Ms. Morante-Mieses, students participated in various elements of building the scene, which measures 10 feet tall by 12 feet wide. Bringing the concept from her native country of Peru, Ms. Morante-Mieses, designed the project not only to build a beautiful Nativity scene to teach students how to create a 3D art piece, but also to expose them to the relatively young art form of installation art. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, this art form is a genre of 3D works that is often site-specific and designed to transform a space so the viewer can enter and experience the art. Nativity scene installations are one of the most unifying traditions across Latin America and Catholic countries around the world, and range from simple representations to elaborate focal points inside homes in countries from Mexico to Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Colombia and Guatemala.
The project was designed to give the school a beautiful Nativity scene and also to teach new cultural traditions that broadened the students’ knowledge about Christmas celebrations in other countries.