Check out the Public Art Mural Project

Ithaca City School District (ICSD) art teachers, students, and community members have collaborated on the design and development of a clay mural to be installed in downtown Ithaca. This public art project will be permanently on display on the outside back wall of the Green Street Garage along the pedestrian walkway that leads to The Commons from the street.

The mural is an organic rendering of an aerial view of the topography around Ithaca featuring the streams and gorges that feed Cayuga Lake. Using clay tiles stained in earth tones to represent the land and local lake rocks to represent the water, the mural materials themselves echo the natural beauty of our area. Using the integrated design concept that has been developed, students from grades K-12 throughout the district with the guidance of their teachers are creating the actual mural. For their part, Ithaca High students are designing personal stamps and using them to make impressions in the clay plates.

The project reflects not only the physical place of Tompkins County and the community’s interest in and support of its natural resources, but also the incomparable opportunities that exist at all levels of public education. The project is being coordinated by the FABG and lead volunteer Candace Shoemaker, and is being supported by the ICSD visual arts teachers, the City of Ithaca Department of Public Works and Public Art Commission, the Service League, IPEI, Tompkins Trust Company, Tim Merrick Construction and the Strebel Community Enrichment Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. FABG is an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that develops supportive community and private sector relationships with the Ithaca City School District.

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