Titan Nutcracker Design Goes  ‘Old School’

From computer keyboard pieces to  No. 2 pencils, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Stacey Cluppert’s supply list for her latest art project includes dozens of techie and traditional  items.

Cluppert ’10, of Markesan, is transforming a life-sized, fiberglass nutcracker into a vision of UW Oshkosh Titan pride in yellow and black.

“As a 2010 graduate of UW Oshkosh, with a bachelor of fine arts in art education and ceramics, my focus for this nutcracker is all about education,” Cluppert wrote in her proposal to Oshkosh’s Nutcrackers on the Town community art project.

UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations is sponsoring Cluppert’s nutcracker design, called “Titan Tools,” which involves a mosaic of “tools” that students at all levels of education need to be successful.

“For example, the keyboard pieces have numbers and letters on them. Teachers give students the opportunity to learn how to put these numbers and letters in order to eventually spell and compose great essays,” she said. “A keyboard also can be associated with the Internet and technology.”

Cluppert’s nutcracker, along with 49 other nutcracker creations, will be displayed around the Oshkosh area during the 2011 holiday season. Look for Titan Tools to appear on campus in front of Pollock Alumni House.

Watch a video of Cluppert transforming the nutcracker.

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