Art-Making Activity: Here Comes the Sun!


Ugo Rodinone (Swiss, b. 1963), The Sun, 2018, Bronze, stainless steel, and gold leaf, Gift of Sydney and Walda Besthoff, 2019.59

Let’s send rays of sunshine from every doorstep in New Orleans! In this community-oriented activity, create your own sun inspired by artist Ugo Rondinone’s The Sun, a sculpture in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Show us what brings you sunshine in your life, and place your sun in your window for all to see. In the coming days, take a walk though your neighborhood; how many suns peeking from windows can you find? #herecomesthesunnola #explorenoma 

Materials you’ll need: 

  • Paper or cardboard backing (or a paper plate)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Drawing utensils (markers, colored pencils, crayons) 
  • Yellow & golden objects for inspiration 

Gather a paper plate or circular items from your home (like a plate or Tupperware lid) to trace your own circle on thick paper or cardboard. Cut it out. (Use scissors carefully. Grab a grown-up for help!)

Trace a smaller circle inside + fold your circle in half. Cut out an inner circle so you’re left with a ring-shaped border.

Decorate your ring with rays of sunshine. Get creative! Try using strips of paper from magazines, uncooked noodles, popsicle sticks, or even paper cut-outs of your hands! 

Plant your feet on the ground & look around you: what brings you light, love, and happiness? Frame someone or something that brings sunshine into your life! Capture a picture and share. #nomaathome #herecomesthesunnola 

Attach your sun to a paper backing. Place it in your window to send sunshine to someone else! 

Tag a loved one to challenge them to complete the activity and send some sunshine too. 

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