“Language: The Quintessence” Mural at Palmer Commons

Palmer Commons, a gathering spot at the heart of the Central and Medical Campus, has become an essential site for meetings and events, from formal academic talks to informal student study groups. This vital campus space has paired with Mark Tucker’s ‘Art in Public Spaces’ class to allow an exceptional example of student work to greet Palmer Commons visitors.

Mark Tucker, Art Director for the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, as well as founder of the popular local event Festifools, invited students to design and create a 1235-square foot mural. This mural is now installed in the 4th Floor Atrium at Palmer Commons, a location visible from many positions both inside and outside the building. In designing the mural, several students were guided by the theme of language. More importantly, though, all of the students who created this mural ‘exercised their visual language skills throughout,’ in Tucker’s own words. The title of resulting mural, ‘Language: The Quintessence,’ reflects this focus, and represents an important creative and visually striking element of the Theme Semester.

The official unveiling of the mural, which takes place at Palmer Commons on Wednesday, January 25 from 7-8:00 pm, offers an opportunity to be among the first to admire this exciting artwork and hear the artists talk about the process of creating it.

More information about the creation of the mural can be found at: artpublicspaces.blogspot.com.