The artwork was created by Ben Tollefson and Elmer Ramos. It consists of brightly colored, over-sized raindrops, two clouds and rainbow created out of thick blocks of foam. It was initially hung as a temporary art installation on the facade of Judge Realty’s office at 347 Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. When the work came down, Judge was looking for a permanent home for the works and approached the new Susie King Taylor Community School (SKTCS). Commenting on the donation Lori Judge states, “Judge Realty could not be happier that their temporary public art installation Come Rain or Come Shine’ has found a permanent home at the Susie King Taylor Community School. Artists Ben Tollefson and Elmer Ramos’s smile producing rainbow can now be an inspiration to the creative, artistic spirit of all SKTCS students. Judge Realty wishes them all sunny days and clear sailing through their academic careers and beyond.”
When artist Elmer Ramos was asked about his thoughts regarding the donation, he commented, “Having the support of Judge Realty on this unique opportunity will always be an unforgettable and rewarding experience. But I find it even more rewarding to know that the installation will have a new life, being experienced again by children on the daily.”
SKTCS is in its second year of operation and is located at 1709 Bull Street. SKTCS has 216 students from kindergarten through fifth grade in the building this year. The school will grow to eighth grade by 2021, with the hopes of adding a high school.
Rooted in the concept of learning through experience, SKTCS offers a progressive curriculum built around placed-based education, personalized learning, and character development, taught using a peaceful schools model. Students in the building have commented on how beautiful the rainbow, clouds, and raindrops are and how much they enjoy looking at them when they arrive each morning. The SKTCS art teacher, Paige Byrne, shares, “Having the artwork in the building lifts your spirits as you move through the hallway. It helps us to look up and lifts us to new heights!”