Under the direction of Natalie Pittman and Dick Davison, students from two sections of VIST-106 were tasked with creating “guardian” figures. A scenario was imagined in which a sentient creature guards or protects a location, idea, or object. Each student created a sculpture of their imaginary guardian. These figures were then brought into the third dimension as large scale paper mache sculptures. The only size requirement in the project was that the sculpture had to fit on the student’s desk. Each student was then tasked with transforming the humble paper mache into the illusion of a robust material that their sculpture could have been made from (metal, stone, etc…). The background story become important in defining this surface material, nuances such as faux wear, and little details such as barnacles or rust made the piece come alive.