Pi Day Project
In an interdisciplinary project that involved art, technology and mathematics, Long Beach Middle School sixth graders in Laura Swan’s art classes studied pop artist Jasper Johns’ use of numbers as “form not function,” in his famous work entitled “0 through 9.” The purpose of this project was to take a fresh look at numbers and other “symbols” that we use on a daily basis. Each student then applied his or her own interpretation of the theme to create an individual panel that used numbers in a non-representational way. The panels were combined to adorn a set of four three-foot letters that spell out LBMS. Students in Brian Press’s wood shop contributed to the project by creating the wooden templates for the letters. The display will adorn the entryway of the building as a permanent tribute to Pi Day.