|A Photo by BRADLEY J RAYFORD/ FORUM|
Above: FV President Marcia Pfeiffer and Associate Professor Michael Quintero
cut the ribbon officially opening the Blue Sand shrine.
On a sunny Friday afternoon, August 17, 2012, faculty and students enjoyed the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Blue Sand Shrine. The shrine was built to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of St. Louis Community College. The shrine will be an interactive sculpture where current and past students can post photos and acknowledge their place in Flo Valley’s history. The black structure is an 8 foot cube atop a 10 foot square platform. Flo Valley alum Tom Widger donated the stone step that leads into the shrine. The interior of the shrine is painted a metallic silver. A bowl of blue sand sit in the middle of the structure. A gold plumb floats above the bowl and draws patterns in the sand. The blue and silver theme represents STLCC’s new official colors. Photos of Flo Valley’s construction and opening day activities, as well as past students align the silver wall. The project was sponsored by Florissant Valley Community Relations with support from the Art Department. The design and construction were done by Associate Professor Michael Quintero with help from Mark Heil and several art students.