Traders Point Christian Academy students in kindergarten through eighth grade returned to school Jan. 8 and were greeted by a large sculpture of a flying golden eagle.
The eagle fits with an ongoing theme at the school. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students recently built an eagle’s nest as part of a collaborative STEM project. They learned about circumference, diameter and engineering techniques that eagles use to build their nests as a hands-on approach designed to engage students in the learning process.
The new TPCA golden eagle has a 9-foot body and 19-foot wingspan and was sculpted from archival foam by local artist and maker Eric Wallentine. Wallentine works in many different mediums and has worked on art projects for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
He chose to replicate a juvenile golden eagle, representing the young students at TPCA. The young golden eagle also symbolizes strength, intended to remind students, faculty and staff of strength through God.