aug. 8, 2016
Students from the National Art Honor Society finished a mural last week meant to embody the high school experience from beginning to end. The mural is on permanent display to the right of the high school main entrance.
The mural’s theme of enjoying the journey and remembering your roots was a collaboration between several Liberty High School student-artists. The mural, which took over a year to complete, contains immense detail and represents the journey of a freshman who has just entered high school, their growth, success and departure upon graduation.
Earlier this week, students were able to speak to judges from Sullivan Renaissance about how their creative process and what story they would like to be told through the mural.
“High school is a time where you are able to discover yourself and find out who you are as a person,” Jenna Blank, Class of 2016 said. “Our hope is that students will walk past the mural and connect with the artwork.”
Rebecca Melnicki, a junior, added: “We want students to look at the mural and remember their purpose. We’re growing up and becoming adults. We’re going to spend 727 days in this building to figure ourselves out.”
Passers-by waved, clapped and cheered as students finished up the project late July. Included in the vibrant painting is an owl (meant to represent teachers, widsom,) a dreamcatcher (inspired by the feathers of the Liberty logo) and representations of local landscapes, flora and fauna.
Perhaps the most notable and creative part of the mural are the trees. There mural features four trees which vary in size and color and represents each class – freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior. The trees grow taller and stronger each year. The color of the leaves represent the team colors that are represented during Colors Wars, a friendly-school wide competition that takes place during Spirit Weeks.