2023 Mural Design Rendition
Mural Location: Marconi Lodge, 26 W Pulteney St, Corning, NY 14830
The central figure in the rendered design is a portrait of HSLC graduate student, Salem Estrada. He was nominated by the students in the mural design class. Although the design depicts one person, the overall message of the mural is about resiliency, persevering through life’s hardships, inspiring others to be their best selves, embracing love, showing gratitude, being courageous, being unapologetic and making room for the many parts or multitudes of our identities as we grow. Salem is a visual representative of what a youth hero stands for and how a young hero can uplift and inspire others.
Pulling elements from students’ self-portraits, Sarah C. Rutherford incorporated symbols centered around transformation, growth and cycles. The sun and moon, as well as themes of darkness and light, showed up in many of the students’ work. These became central themes in the mural. The scene is set over water to ground the mural in place as the Chemung River flows a few streets behind the mural. It also references the relationship many of the students spoke of with the natural world.
Salem is centrally located with a fierce yet loving gaze on the viewer, kissed in sunlight on the left and glowing in moonlight on the right. His hand is outstretched with light emanating as another hand reaches down from above. This gesture represents the passing of the torch to the next generation, with the words “You will get through this” placed between the two hands.
The mural will be painted this summer, culminating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-August. Visit RockwellMuseum.org/events for more information.
See yourself as a hero!
- What pictures or words come to mind when you hear the word HERO?
- What is one thing about yourself that you are proud of?
- What are you grateful for?
- What inspires you?