Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mural: The Art of the Race

 1 Corinthians 9: 24 - 25: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize...They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."

This past weekend, to the strains of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, I covered up wayward paint drips and completed lettering a verse above our annual mural project.  It’s been a 3 ½ month journey, working our way through figure drawing and painting to arrive at a finished product. We grappled with hands, feet, foreshortened legs and pesky hairlines that kept looking like helmets.  Let’s just say one gets a whole new appreciation for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling painted while he was on his back. 
You might notice the eyes of all the athletes are downcast.  You may choose from the following list for the correct interpretation:
1.       Eyes are difficult to paint;
2.       They are praying; or
3.       The locker room, on occasion gets used by the boys’ opposing teams, and the girls are modestly averting their eyes….
4.       And the answer is…
All of the above at some point or another.
For fun, embedded in the numbers on the athletes’ bibs is a secret message. 
Thanks to all my senior high art club students who worked so hard to transform this space!