Inspired by the 1000 Awesome Things blog, my students and I made lists of things we think are awesome and then expanded one of our choices into a longer explanation. 

The color blue is awesome because it is so varied. When I think of blue, I think of the sky, and I recall an art installation at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. An artist painted more than 2,000 paper squares–each a different shade of blue–and called the piece “Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning.” Each block represents a person who was killed during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Each block is ever so slightly different, like the lives they represent. The symbolism extends to humanity in general, too: we might have different shades of skin, but we’re all essentially the same, just variations on a theme.

My photo of Spencer Finch’s art installation just doesn’t capture its real beauty.