WATCH: Art consultant Cameron Cross talks about the Pembina Trails Human Rights Project.
WINNIPEG – Thousands of students will begin to arrive at the Investors Group Field Wednesday to create a massive human rights art installation over two days.
Each student will add a 10-by-eight-inch tile to an enormous mosaic in the shape of a dove on the playing field. Each tile is a student’s artistic representation of one of the United Nations-defined rights of the child.
“At it’s very simplest level, kids could just pick one of the rights of the child and interpret that visually,” said Cameron Cross, the Pembina Trails School Division art consultant who dreamed up the installation. “It was completely up to them, but they really took ownership of it.”
Every student and staff member in the Pembina Trails School Division has created one of the tiles, for a total of 15,000 individual mosaic pieces, 13,000 of them created by kindergarten to Grade 12 students from 33 schools.
The mosaic is being created through a partnership of the Pembina Trails School Division, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Investors Group Field.
“The mere act of engaging all 13,000 students and 2,000 staff of the division in this child rights installation is in itself an act of human rights and equity,” Cross said.
The installation will be open to public viewing from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
WATCH: Holly Alexandruk reports live from Investors Group Field.