ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - An artist who travels the world, creating art that can be seen from high above, banded together Thursday with three Allen Park elementary schools to create his latest pieced.
More than 1,500 kids knelt down in formation to make art you can only seen from the sky. Daniel Dancer is the creator of what's known as Art For the Sky. He lives in Oregon and travels, creating pieces across the world. From Australia to India, he's toured the world to make these magnificent masterpieces. The key message is to take care of our world.
"One common thread is kids. The innocence of kids. They want to learn; they want to know to take care of the planet. When they're in elementary school you can still reach them. After that it gets a little more difficult," he said.
The goal on Thursday was to get kids in black, green and red T-shirts into the right place to create the image. Here's hint of what the art will be at the end: "It swims, and there's a Native American myth that has to do with this animal. It's very common and they're all over the place around here," Dancer said.
The plan has taken months, and involved the help of two teachers at Lindemann Elementary, who helped with the canvas and the kids.
"They have seen how hard we have been working on this. They were out here sweating it out with us yesterday and today. It just shows them that never say we can't," said Rachel Trapani.
Teacher Elisabeth Cunningham says this is a picture she'll probably have for the rest of her life.
"In my heart, in my head and in our classrooms," she said.
With the help of the Allen Park Fire Department and a lot of discipline, Dancer joined the firefighters and went up in the air. The creation? You'll just have to watch the video above. Not one splash of paint is on the canvas, but the message is rubbing off on the kids who helped make it.
"It's very important because it helps us survive and everything and it's good to treat the world good and spread positivity along the world," one student said.