Back when the mural was still a blank wall adjacent to the lower level of Thomas Hall, students were asked why they wanted to participate in its creation. Many, like English major Leah Cordova ’17, saw it as a way to leave a lasting mark on campus.
“I've been involved with lots of things but not something that I'll be able to come back and visit and actually see," Cordova said.
Allison Tantakarn ’19, an electrical engineering major, thought afternoons of painting would complement her math and science-heavy coursework.
The other contributors relayed similar feelings at the reveal ceremony held in late spring. At the event, each of the muralists — Natalia Alvarez ’19, Taylor Brethauer ’19, Liz Bruchansky ’18, Robert Constant ’19, Leah Cordova ’17, Jean Manning ’16, Cheyenne McElhiney ’17, Carlos Perez ’16, Leah Reiner ‘19 and Paul Roditis ’17 — took turns describing the elements of Blossom they individually worked on, and their reasons for wanting to get involved with the project.
What the group created in partnership with Creative Art Works in just a few short weeks can be accurately described as a masterpiece.
Pictured on the mural’s far left side is an image of the No. 1 train, which many students hop aboard from the nearby 242nd Street-Van Cortlandt Park MTA Terminal. This is how they get to New York City’s famed art museums, parks and other destinations. It’s also how they get to internships, and eventually, job interviews.
On the right is a depiction of the College's Quadrangle, positioned in front of the roof and cupola of the Chapel of De La Salle. Between that and the 1 train is a pair of clasped hands color-blocked in varying shades of beige. The patchwork represents the stained glass windows the chapel was outfitted with this spring. It also mirrors the diversity of our student body.
In the center of this mural is a green bench, much like the many benches that can be found around campus. This signifies the academic transformation a student makes from the classroom to career.
Also at the center of the mural is a bright yellow Lasallian star. This highlights our commitment to embodying the principles of our founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, whether we’re on campus or exploring New York City. He calls us to be mindful of social justice and human dignity, to teach others the ways we can serve the community. Above all, he reminds us to reflect on our faith.