In the summer of 2015, students, faculty and staff from both McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools participated in an annual all-school read of the book Start Something that Matters by TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie. In the book, Mycoskie describes his One for One business model: for every pair of TOMS shoes sold, a pair is donated to a person in need. As part of this One Book, One Community initiative, the book is being incorporated into classes, clubs, discussions, research assignments, outreach and written and artistic expressions that were inspired by his story.
One of these artistic expressions is currently found in McAuley's main lobby. This impressive art installation includes two huge feet, as if a giant girl was walking through the school. The inside skeleton of the shoes is a wooden frame, which is then covered with chicken wire to establish the shape of the legs and feet. The next layer is cardboard, attached with staples and wire twist ties. A paper maché was applied over the top of the cardboard to smooth out the surface and prep it for paint. The shoe itself is covered with pictures of the students with a hashtag of something that matters to them. The sculpture represents how each person makes a difference and that there are many ways to start something that matters at McAuley.
Special thanks to art teacher Samantha Setterlin, librarian Becky Reilly, and senior Sylvia Mattingly for spearheading the project, and for all the students in Senior Studio for making it come to life!