The Big Picture Mural
During my junior and senior years of Lake Braddock Secondary School, I organized the creation of a triptych mural to be dedicated to our newly renovated library. Tapping into the school's art club -- a crew of rag-tag misfits and artists -- we spent the better part of our spring and summer painting something that prominently featured a fetus. We were a nomadic bunch, using my mom's mini van to move these massive canvases from the mostly-abandoned and half-standing school to the basements and kitchens of our amused parents. For me, this project became an important lesson in pulling together diversely talented creatives behind a singular vision. To step back and see the Big Picture.
My sixteen year old self designed the three-part story. It roughly depicts birth, adolescence and maturity and more abstractly represents broad emotions. Specific elements in each "footprint" repeat and evolve from canvas to canvas. Bulk contributors included Kristen Calcaterra and Danila Podobed. Additional painters were Emily Do, Michele Grossman, Michael Maisel and Senya Podobed. Just before my graduation ten years ago, we officially gifted the mural to Lake Braddock (which was unofficially re-gifted by my senior class).
Ten years ago, the school looked like this. Unfortunately, with a few surgical web searches, I couldn't find any photos of the renovated school, the new library or the mural itself. I'd like to think it's still on display capturing the imaginations of new students. Maybe they have a nickname for it. Like #trippytriptych or #babyblue.