Nearly two and a half decades after Peter Gard graduated from Lower Merion High School, the Philadelphia-based artist returned to his alma mater to install his most recent project – the "Lockersphere" – in the atrium outside of the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium.
The giant 700-lb. sphere was created entirely from locker doors salvaged from the old LMHS building that was demolished several years ago. Before the walls came down, Gard removed hundreds of doors with a vision to create a dynamic piece of artwork for the new space that would pay homage to the school's past.
According to the project description on Gard's website, the Lockersphere "is at once old and new, whimsical and weighty – and also literally quite heavy, weighing 700 lbs. With an impressive diameter of seven and a half feet, containing pieces of nearly 100 lockers, and installed 25 feet in the air, the spherical shape is anything but simple."
"For decades, these simple metal boxes lined the walls and literally created the school environment for thousands of students," said Gard. "So much has happened and will continue to happen in these hallways. The locker isn't necessarily the home base it used to be, but in this moment in time, it's a symbol that represents our varied but shared experiences."
To read a piece on Gard and the newly-installed at Lockersphere at LMHS on NBCPhiladelphia.com, click here.
*Photo Credit: Peter Gard