Interpreting the Bill of Rights

03/14/2013 12:00 AM

03/13/2013 2:15 PM

Northwest School of the Arts helped Mecklenburg County celebrate its 250th anniversary and the reopening of the county’s historic courthouse with artwork that interprets the U.S. Bill of Rights.

The reopening of the courthouse, now home to the Mecklenburg district attorney’s office, showcased more than 80 pieces of art specifically created for the event. It will be on display at least through this week.

For her artwork, freshman Blake Walsh, 15, cut out letters from magazines and used them to spell the names of different religions. “I also added random cut-out letters to show that there are too many religions to even list,” she said. “I tried to make my collage look like a stained glass window, because they are very common in old churches. I feel that my piece says a lot about America and the Bill of Rights in a modern way.”

Senior Megan Braaten, 17, said of her work: “I’ve always been oddly intrigued by the way people treat one another and disturbed by some of the punishments that have been inflicted on many prisoners in this country. The 8th Amendment … outlaws cruel and unusual punishment in the form of harsh torture.”

Reid Creager

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