Castor Valley Artwork

Castor Valley Artwork in “The Biggest Painting in the World”

Grade 4 students (r-l) Sophie, Navah, Lauren, Campbell , and Carsen, along with teacher Mr. James Smith, show off Castor Valley’s artwork 

“Being a part of this international collaborative project has been an exciting experience for all involved.”
- James Smith, Grade 4 teacher, Castor Valley ES

Imagine a painting over 100x100 metres in size created by thousands of students from around the world! This painting will be a reality in part because students at Castor Valley ES are contributing to this special artwork which will become “The Largest Painting in the World” and on display at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

With the support of local artists and teachers at the school, students in Grade 4 and Grade 8 classes collaborated to design and paint a 1x5 metre cloth with a repeating Canada maple leaf motif. Each of the 20 maple leaves includes iconic Canadian symbols ranging from an inukshuk to a loonie coin.

Principal Chris Toivonen attributes much of the excitement generated by this artwork project being related to the fact that “a great deal of student communication beyond the classroom is computer based; this project resonates with the students because it is really tangible, and lets them feel part of something much bigger.” This idea is in keeping with stated aim of the Japanese organizers of the art project: “We hope to nurture a peace-loving spirit in the children of the world, regardless of countries, religions or ethnicities, to widen their views of the world, and to foster momentum to preserve the beautiful environment of Planet Earth.”

Following the 2020 Olympic Summer Games, “The Biggest Painting in the World” will be permanently displayed in Hiroshima in the library of a rebuilt primary school that was A-bombed in 1945. As Navah, a Grade 4 Castor Valley ES student, commented: “Doing this was special because it’s unique.”

Trillium Flower

Detail of a Trillium flower inside a maple leaf from one of the 20 panels of the large artwork

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