On Wednesday, 19 January, Union High School’s new Grade 5s had the privilege of adding their names to Union’s Stand Tall Project – a participatory art installation created through the collective involvement of Union High School’s learners.
With the inspiration behind the project being the habit of parents measuring their children at home, ‘’𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩’ was launched at Union High School last year as an interactive installation that aims to commemorate a learner’s time at Union, by measuring their height at certain intervals during their school career.
Much like the doorframe at home, this wall will record a learner’s growth at their Union home.
Today, the new Grade 5 learners were invited to stand against the wall while their teachers marked off their height. Then, armed with a permanent marker, they labelled it with their name, surname and date.
This installation will gradually have more and more individual markings and names added to it at specific intervals during the school year, which we hope in years to come will create a constellation of measurements blurring the boundaries between art and everyday life.