Artwork will find home at wildlife preserve

Students created four animal-themed mosaics. - Courier-Herald file photo
Students created four animal-themed mosaics.
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Students, parents and teachers at Wickersham School of Discovery came up with the perfect plan for the mosaics students created during its partnership with the Pierce County Arts Commission. They’re donating them to Northwest Trek, the 723-acre, free-roaming wildlife park outside Eatonville, Wash.

Originally, the 2-foot by 2-foot glass mosaic pieces were scheduled to hang in the hallways of the downtown Buckley elementary school, but budget reductions announced earlier by district leaders plan to merge School of Discovery with its smaller counterpart in Wilkeson.

In December, School of Discovery students worked with Gig Harbor artist Janice Wagner to create mosaics from shards of recycled glass. Each represents the four elements – earth, wind, water and fire – as the theme and is matched with an animal to represent that element – fish, bear, raven and eagle

Shauna Perez, who helped organize the effort, said those involved wanted the art to be in a public place with great exposure. When an opportunity to donate the pieces for a public display at Northwest Trek came up, it was the perfect fit.

Students will take a field trip to Northwest Trek April 29 to present staff there with the donation.

Reach Brenda Sexton at or 360-802-8206.

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