Our Search for Knowledge
43’ x 75’ (3225sf )
Oil-based enamel on Cement Block.
Artist / co-director / team.
Our Search for Knowledge in an Ever Changing Universe
Represented in a kaleidoscope of prismatic color, the mural depicts the large face of humanity looking up at “the moment” when one is truly inspired. Co-directed by Niki Glen and Carly Yasko, the mural tries to “capture images that reflect that moment one gazes up into the sky and contemplates the vastness of the universe and remembers how fragile we are on earth.” In a sense, the mural is both a celebration of reason and a warning about poor judgment- our ‘greatness’ is temporal if we forget to care for and protect our earthly habitat. The artists wanted to convey the importance of caring for our precious ecosystem and protecting our life giving elements such as water, sun, air and the earth. All living systems are dependant on one another, and we all must think globally to save humanity and our world.
This mural was created with local artists and high school students on the backside of the Rowley-Schlimgen Office Supplies building, which overlooks John Nolen Drive and Lake Mendota. Glen and Yasko worked with members of the business community to determine the site.