Article from Chicago Tribune
December 04, 1998 | By Michael Fielding.
PALOS HILLS — "Come forth into the light and let nature be your teacher."Those words, from the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, will adorn a three-dimensional mural depicting Moraine Valley Community College's relationship with the surrounding area that will be unveiled Friday.
The 60-square-foot architectural bas relief ceramic mural portrays the Cook County Forest Preserve, including the college's campus, the nearby Cal-Sag Canal and local wildlife, such as the white-tailed deer and the cardinal.
Designed and constructed by the Three Dimensional Design class, the mural, titled "Moraine: Service to Man and Nature," will be the first public art piece created by students to be displayed on campus as well as the first such piece on display in the 4-year-old Fine and Performing Arts Center.
"The college is really a part of the forest preserve," said art instructor Lynn Peters, who came to the school in September 1997 from Kean University in Union, N.J.
"And the mural represents part of the totality of the world by being sensitive to the environment."
Symbolizing education, nature and the community, the mural was conceived after Peters' 15 students reviewed aerial photographs and maps and researched the animals and plant life of an area roughly 10 miles across and 6 miles wide.
Each student sculpted a clay image--ranging from abstract images depicting the area's canal and sloughs to symbols of suburbia, including fences, mailboxes and even lounge chairs.
"It is unusual for students to get an opportunity to work on a project like this because they are usually done by professionals," Peters said, adding that she hopes the project becomes a yearly one.
The unveiling will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the college's "The 12 Days of Gifting" benefit, which helps the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery.
Several hundred works of art by college faculty members and community residents will be on sale through Dec. 16.
The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the college campus, 10900 S. 88th Ave., Palos Hills.