The Marin Horizon School Earth Day Project was inspired
by the floats and costumes of Caribbean Carnivals where
floats are often make from salvaged materials and powered
by humans, not motors. These floats are often followed
by groups of allied marches who wear costumes.
Before the week long residency, Trisha and David met
with the students in the first through eighth grades
and explained their plan to build floats and costumes
that would celebrate flora and fauna of distinct ecological
zones. They showed the students pictures of Carnival
floats and costumes from Trinidad and described a range
of ecological zones and their inhabitants. The student
chose four ecological zones: the polar, the ocean, the
jungle and the desert. Working from student drawings,
Trisha and David developed costume and float designs
to represent the plants and animals of these zones.