Students at Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) recently completed an art project that will hang in the office of UF Health Jacksonville. Made of recycled plastic pharmaceutical bottle caps, this relief image of a tree has been years in the making. Over the last two years, JCDS students of all ages have worked on the project in the Jacksonville private school’s main art room.
Dr. Thanh Hogan, director of pharmacy at the hospital, and her team have collected the bottle caps for about eight years. Dr. Hogan’s two daughters both attended the school, with the younger one graduating in 2013. Even though her daughters were no longer at our school, she still saved the bottle caps for use in student art projects at JCDS.
The bottle caps have been used in art projects around JCDS’s southside campus, including a version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in the school’s main office and three Mona Lisas that hang in the early education art room. The mixed media art was given to UF Health Jacksonville as a gesture of thanks to Dr. Hogan and her staff for collecting the bottle caps, JCDS art specialist Shaw Lane said. These art projects show how everyday items that would otherwise be discarded can be used to create beautiful art.