On April 2, 2018, a 4-by-2-foot Easter egg will show off the work of a student from the Kentucky School for the Deaf at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Ben Shirley, a sophomore at the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD), was chosen to create a design that will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky during the event.
“It’s pretty neat,” said Shirley. “I’ve never had anything go to the White House before and it’s interesting and different. I like doing things that are different.”
The design, which had to use a specific color scheme set by the White House, features the twin spires of Churchill Downs, the Capitol, bourbon barrels, horses and a sun featuring a line from “My Old Kentucky Home.” Schools from across the country were invited to decorate an egg representing their state or territory. The eggs will be displayed as guests enter the event at the White House.
“I wanted to pick things that were important to Kentucky, that maybe people don’t know are important to Kentucky,” said Shirley, a student who is identified as gifted and talented in the visual arts by the school.
“I basically just left it in Ben’s hands,” said Alex Meckes, the art teacher at KSD. “He’s so talented and I know he can do anything he sets his mind to, so I had complete faith in him when we got word that the project was coming in.”
Shirley said he spent about three class days working on and creating the design. He said that he wanted the design to be simple and and minimalistic.
“I didn’t want it too detailed, because simple is better, especially on something the size of the egg they’re putting it on,” said Shirley. “It’s detailed enough to just tell what things are and that’s what I want.”
The design will go through a final approval process at the White House before being finalized.
“It may change from what we sent in,” said Meckes. “But, I don’t think it will. Ben is amazing and very talented, so I trust that it will be fine and won’t need any changes.”