Historic Mosaic from Local High-School Artists Opens at Turnpike’s Valley Forge Interchange
Installation has been completed on a new Pennsylvania Turnpike mosaic at the Valley Forge Interchange in King of Prussia. Its design and onsite assembly were both the product of students from Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor. CBS3 Philadelphia covered the effort in a report posted on YouTube.
The project, covered by Catholic Philly last year, is part of an initiative of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) and its Art Sparks program.
PAEP organized the stateside effort to beautify turnpike stops, using finding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
The students began work last September, soon after the start of the school year. They handled both the design and the details of how it would be installed.
Jessica Liddell, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts teaching artist, has been guiding the students as they work on the mosaic.
The tiled creation shows a stylized representation of the infamous 1777–1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army.
It also celebrates the area’s array of wildlife, noting that “Valley Forge Park is home to over 315 animal species and 225 of these are birds.”
Video of the new Turnpike mosaic is in the CBS3 Philadelphia YouTube post.
The full CBS3 Philadelphia report on this new Turnpike mosaic is here.
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