As the crane lifted Dancer and Ortiz 130 feet into the air, Miami Springs Police Chief Pete Baan manned the tether rope to keep them secure. The 1,800 students, teachers, school administration, parents, and community leaders all hunched down on the ground in perfect formation as they formed into the beautiful 150-foot sailfish. All at once they shouted in unison, “Get your sky sight on!”
This project was not just about creating a beautiful masterpiece. Any of the students can tell you there was a greater purpose. Art for the Sky seeks to awaken what Dancer calls our “sky sight.”
“Training our imaginations to awaken our sky sight is vital,” said Dancer. “I do all of this because we’re in trouble on this planet. Climate change is coming fast. We want to educate the kids, and the kids will educate the parents. If we can’t keep the carbon level down to somewhere around 350, then we’re in trouble. Right now it’s at 392 and going up. Some scientists predict if we keep doing what we’re doing, by the year 2100, the number will rise to 1000 and that won’t support human life.”
Although there were more than 1,800 people involved, the number of the day was actually 350. Every student and volunteer knew it. “I am so happy to be part of this amazing experience,” said eighth-grade student Michelle Fernandez. “This memory will stay with me for a lifetime. Now let’s get this world back to 350!”
If you would like to purchase the Art for the Sky video, you can call the school at (305) 888-6457. You can also check out Dancer’s Art for the Sky Projects from around the world at www.artforthesky.com.