WINNIPEG – The last tiles were put in place Thursday afternoon on a 15,000-piece artwork created by thousands of schoolchildren at Investors Group Field.
Timelapse videos created by Pembina Trails School Division shows students and staff placing their eight-by-ten-centimetre artworks on the Winnipeg stadium’s field in the shape of the universal logo for human rights. Each artwork symbolizes one of the rights of the child under the 54-article United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Canada ratified in 1991.
WATCH: Four timelapse videos show thousands of children building enormous mosaic in Winnipeg.
The two-day assembly of the massive mosaic was the culmination of two years of work on the project started by Pembina Trails art consultant Cameron Cross.
WATCH: Participants talk about the work that went into creating the Pembina Trails Human Rights Project.
Every student and staff member in the school division created and placed a tile in the installation. Creation of the artwork included lessons on human rights and children’s rights.
“We don’t think this has ever been tried before,” Cross said about the project.
The public was invited to view the art on Thursday afternoon. It is being removed from the field Friday and each artwork will be returned to the child who created it. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will also display 99 selected artworks, some from each school involved, on June 6 and 7.
PHOTOS: Children build huge mosaic at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field