St. Bernard Students’ Designs Selected for Connecticut Sub Trail Exhibit

Two sophomores from Saint Bernard School are among 20 artists chosen to design and create submarine sculptures for the CT Sub Trail, a public art project which celebrates the area’s 100th anniversary as the Submarine Capital of the World.

Yuanyi “Vicky” Ma and Sophie Heublein have been busy working on their submarines at school since early May. They were given about a month to complete their designs.

Sophie’s design is reminiscent of “dazzle camouflage” which was used extensively in World War I and used complex patterns of geometric shapes to confuse the enemy. It’s very different from her typical pencil drawings and portraits, she said.

“This is the biggest thing I’ve ever done and the first public thing. I’m very excited about doing this and to have my name out there as an artist,” said Sophie, of Pawcatuck, who hopes to pursue art as a career.

Vicky, an international student from China, said she based her blue and white pattern on Chinese porcelain and related it to nature with the trees, flowers and butterfly which adorn her sub.

“I’m really proud of myself. I was not very good at art when I was in China, so for me to be doing this now is pretty unbelievable,” said Vicky, who currently lives with a host family in Plainfield.

The 20 completed subs from all area artists will be unveiled at a kick-off ceremony in the spring and will be showcased in the Groton 4th of July parade. They will then be delivered to sponsored outdoor locations for the CT Sub Trail for public display from July through October. Organizers said the subs will also be accessible via map and Android/IOS app.


Pictured: Sophie Heublein, left, and Yuanyi “Vicky” Ma, right, with their sculptures.


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