The kids at W.B. Saul High School in Roxborough actually carved these tikis, and a dugout canoe, for their exhibit - Hall B, the row before the Marketplace. Juniors Caitlyn Majzik of Mayfair and Samantha Colti of Chestnut Hill say it took about two months to get all the work done. They originally wanted to do a water feature, but soon discovered that water can be problematic. So the exhibit simply suggests water with a straw hut by a sandy shoreline. a clutch of tikis, and a canoe packed with fruit.
"We didn't always think it was going to work out but it came out pretty nice," says Samantha, who may work for her uncle's landscaping business when she graduates.
Both girls are studying landscaping, and say they and the other students worked about three hours a day in the weeks leading up to the show. A good chunk of that time went for the canoe, which was painstsakingly hollowed out by chain saw and chisels. The log actually came from the Wissahickon.
The hut has an infrastructure of woven tree branches, covered in straw. The tropical plants were delivered and kept alive in the school's greenhouse.
I'd say the Saul kids did pretty well without a water feature, though after all that work ... might have been nice to hop in their dugout canoe and head out over the waves.