Sunday, October 25, 2015

Jaume Plensa Sculpture to be Dedicated on Monday, October 26, 2015
Jaume Plensa Sculpture at Casady School

Jaume Plensa's sculpture, Marrakech's Soul, near the Founder's Memorial of St. Edward's Chapel, will be dedicated on Monday, Oct. 26, during a special service at 5:00 p.m. Mr. Plensa, a Spanish artist, hand-assembled this piece from die-cut stainless steel letters of international alphabets, including Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, and Chinese, to form a kneeling human figure.

“This sculpture, by the world renowned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, is especially important to Casady’s deep belief in the importance of a truly exceptional education for our youth” said Mr. Sheldon. “Oklahoma City continues to receive national attention for its strong growth and was recently named ‘as one of the top 10 cities to move to in 2015.’ This world class sculpture fits perfectly with our city’s aspirations and vision for future growth.”

Mr. Plensa has sculptures displayed at locations around the world including The Crown Fountain, which was unveiled in Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2004 and one of his largest projects. Installed in cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA, etc., these pieces have won many prizes and citations, including the Mash Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, which the artist received in London in 2009 for his work Dream. A very significant part of Mr. Plensa’s work is in the field of sculpture in the public space. Another one of Mr. Plensa's works, which is displayed at MIT, was featured this fall on the cover of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Jaume Plensa is one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists,” said Oklahoma City Museum of Art President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “To have a major public sculpture of this caliber in our community is an enormous asset.”

Mr. Plensa's figurative and text-based sculptures, often called “souls,” explore ideas of spirituality, beauty, and the deeply connected relationship between humanity and language. As Mr. Plensa has said, “Like the cells in our body, letters are small particles charged with memory which, with others, create words. Words, which in turn, combine successively to develop and communicate the universe of knowledge."

Marrakech’s Soul was a gift to Casady School by an anonymous donor.
"Casady's Cans Do" Canned Food Drive
Casady Cans Do Canned Food Drive 2015
By Grace Patton '17

The annual Casady Against Hunger Food Drive will be held next week Oct. 26-30. Help Casady take a bite out of hunger this year. You can help by bringing canned goods such as canned meat, vegetables, fruit, or peanut butter to your child's division. Casady's goal is to collect 1,500 cans this year for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Are you too busy? We get it! It has been a hectic fall. You can also help the canned food drive by donating money. For every $1 donated, five meals will be provided for hungry Oklahomans. All of the donations will help local Oklahomans, and you can help be a Hunger Hero! Remember, no gift is too small, and every little contribution helps. Make this a year to be proud of with Casady Against Hunger Food Drive 2015!

Upper Division students will be outside each of the divisions during morning carpools to accept donations - both cans and monetary - and to help direct the younger children to the collection boxes!