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As they learn to understand the world at large, Hathaway Brown students continually explore the customs and traditions of various cultures. Sometimes, they even have the opportunity to immerse themselves in those customs.
The floor of the Jewett-Brown Academic Center Atrium came alive with color as Middle School students worked side-by-side with artist Hector Castellanos last week. The girls used painted sawdust to construct beautiful "alfombras." The Spanish word for carpets or rugs, alfombras are made in many Christian cultures with a variety of colorful and decorative items, using a wide array of materials, from flower petals to fruits and vegetables.
The tradition of making alfombras for decorative purposes goes back to the Christian remembrance of Palm Sunday, when Jesus made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. People laid palm and olive branches in front of him to show respect and honor. That memory evolved into a Christian tradition of making a ceremonious pathway during Holy Week, which spans Palm Sunday through Easter.
A native of Guatemala who now lives in Cleveland, Castellanos said that from his artistic and religious perspective, the alfombras he and the HB students designed are an “offering to God.” Castellanos has worked with HB students on various projects since 1996. Using the talents of Middle School art and Spanish students, this year's installation - which included four alfombras to represent the school's Legacy color groups - was the largest Castellanos has contributed to at HB.
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