This time last year, construction workers were preparing for a major part of the construction of an underpass below the railroad tracks that cross Goshen College’s campus. This week, the gray concrete walls of the tunnel will get some color.
Noah Yoder, a 2010 Goshen College graduate, has designed the mural that will go on the walls and ceiling of the pedestrian underpass, according to information from the college. Goshen College’s Student Senate selected Yoder’s design after requesting submissions from student and alumni art majors.
The Student Senate wanted a mural that would be “aesthetically pleasing while also discouraging vandalism,” said Student Senate member Rachel Smucker in a release from the college.
Smucker has contacted art teachers from Goshen Community Schools and Goshen College art students about volunteering to help Yoder paint the mural, according to information from the college. The painting of the mural will begin Wednesday, June 26, and be done around the first week of July.
Yoder said, “My inspiration usually comes from simply wanting to create a beautiful image. I generally prefer to improvise as I create, so, even though I began the design by looking at a map of campus, the image is different now from what it was then, and will likely undergo a few more transformations before it is completed, though the overall feeling and idea will remain.”
“Communicating a specific meaning in the mural is not nearly as important to me as creating something that people will love and enjoy,” he said. “Public works like this really accrue their meaning overtime. I can bring my ideas about transformation and diversity to the table, but ultimately what the work means will be shaped much more strongly by the students who experience and remember it, regardless of any theme I may attach to it now.”
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