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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Wednesday unveiled new artwork that was designed and created by students at Big Spring Middle School and then installed at the Cumberland Valley Service Plaza on the turnpike.

The art installation, created through Art Sparks, a partnership between the commission and the council’s Arts in Education residency program, is composed of eight painted quilt designs mounted both inside and outside the plaza.

The effort was coordinated with the council’s Arts in Education partner, Jump Street, and students worked with teaching artist Denise Hoke and art teacher Laura Shambaugh to design and create the art. The pieces showcase the art of barn quilts.

The installation is the fifth in the Art Sparks series that have been installed along the 550 miles of the turnpike.

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