A School Grows On Thorndyke Road |
12 ft. X45 ft. Thorndyke Road School, Worcester MA [Acrylic on Brick]
The Thorndyke Road School opened in May 1927. In 2003 the school commissioned me to design and paint a mural about the history of the school since it opened. I decided to use the metaphor of a tree planted, which grew over the decades into a full scale tree on the wall of the cafeteria. During each decade, I depicted images of students in the school combined with historical figures and events from the history of Worcester and the country. Some of the prominent figures depicted includes Robert Goddard who successfully launched a rocket from a nearby hill in 1926 and Francis Perkins of Worcester, the first female cabinet member who served as FDR's secretary of labor.
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