The open house is Tuesday from 8-9 a.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the school, at 201 S.E. Sunnyside School Road. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday at James Walker Elementary School in Blue Springs begins what an art teacher and her students hope to be a three-year art project.


Greta Hoener calls the project the public art sculpture garden, an opportunity to utilize student vision, public input and an area at the school that would have otherwise been, well, bland.


The site is near Walnut Avenue, near and back from the new retaining wall the district built as part of its ambitious renovation project throughout the district. A stretch of open land, it faces the south side of the property.


Preliminary plans call for a 120-by-14-foot area filled with art, open space, a garden and benches. It would be open to both students and the public, though the chance that students could sit and study and enjoy activities at the spot is what Hoener likes best.


“When I looked at the site, I thought what a great place for something like that,” she said. “What a great place for a sculpture garden.”


Hoener anticipates that it may take as long as three years to complete the project, but that doesn’t mean students can’t begin in earnest. Many already have – drawing plans, brainstorming a general concept, giving insights. Students in the sciences, math and social studies have helped, she said, and a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for September.


The open house is Tuesday from 8-9 a.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the school, at 201 S.E. Sunnyside School Road. Refreshments will be served.