Entrance to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) wing ..I was asked to design and create a permanent mural on a 9ft x 22ft interior wall in the main entrance. This is a high traffic area where parents drop off and pick up their pre-schoolers daily. The room also acts as a multipurpose room for group activities, performances, staff meetings and as the main location for the extended day program. I wanted the mural to be colorful, visually exciting and engaging while also being a learning tool in itself.
The mural was created entirely from pages of picture books which I collected from the recycle bins and trash cans in the pre-school classrooms and the from the elementary school library. The only books I used had been "pulled" due to physical damage (torn pages or water damage, etc.). The individual pages were cut into thousands of 2"x2" "mosaic" squares, which became my palette.
The mural incorporated hundreds of "trashed" books. Printed words were included to allow the mural to serve as community inclusive/dual-language (English/Spanish). The mural functions as a teaching tool assisting with learning objectives such as identification of colors, counting, vocabulary development and language comprehension.
Photo of project in progress
Each riser has been collaged with 1"x1" "mosaic" pieces gathered from the owners' personal archives or collections.
Above- Selected portraits/faces from collection of vintage photographs & newspaper/magazine clippings.
Selected sections of New Yorker Magazine Covers from owners' collection.