Teaming up with the Office of Community Engagement, Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school students have created a mural that will hang in the Lunder Arts Center for the public to view.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Come check out Urban Decay, a mural created by 13 Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School students and their teacher, Elizabeth Menges, in collaboration with the College of Art and Design's Community Engagement Office. The mural went up on Jan. 24, 2017 and is now on display at the Lunder Arts Center, facing Roseland Street (1801 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge.)
The students began the mural project, generating the content and
thumbnail sketches collaboratively, during the week
following the 2016 November election. The mural-making process encouraged
students to discuss their reactions and opinions, and see them materialize in a
single artwork that they developed together over 8 weeks.
Over the course of the project, Lesley University Photographer Mark Teiwes, Fine Arts faculty Fisiha Likke, and staff from our Community Engagement Office visited the classroom several times. Menges and her Studio One class at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School completed the mural—painted in acrylic on canvas—in the new year. The image was transferred to adhesive vinyl and installed in a street-front space at the Lunder Arts Center, visible from Roseland Street.
The 13 students who participated are: Rachel Alexander, Christine Alphonse, Emma Atlas, Kia Brooks, Miki Chiyoda, Giovanni Johnson, Joashu Kuh, Teymura Landsverk, Lena Nahan, Natalia Ruiz, Angela Shen, Essen Similien, and Saqib Syed.
Acrylic on canvas transferred to adhesive vinyl
We did individual sketches and originally came up with two themes: “political injustice” and “environmental pollution.” It was something new. I haven’t worked on a mural before, knowing that it’s going to be displayed in public. It’s pretty cool what we came up with.– Kia Brooks,Cambridge Rindge and Latin Senior
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School student statement:"A
female statue lies beneath the filth of the city. This mural alludes to
the pollution induced by the human beings and the extreme impact of its
consequences. The purpose of this mural is to raise awareness of
environmental destruction and social corruption."
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