Recently, you may have noticed a change in the dining hall. The old ceramic mural has been replaced with a newer, much more modern piece of woodwork, featuring a shield and a wooden textile pattern with the school’s colors. This piece was a collaborative project between Fifth Formers Ethan Lee, Tripp Ronon, Quintin Bowers, and Sixth Former Henry Gowen.
The piece itself represents this variety, with a combination of individuality at the bottom and a symbol of togetherness under the shield.
“Working with this group of guys in particular is what made the project so fun and successful,” Bowers said. “Everyone worked very hard and helped add something to the final design.”
The project in total took around three to four months for them to create and place each piece to satisfaction. The group’s original goal for the project was to make something that would last at the school, leaving a legacy behind after their graduation next year, even if they started without much of a plan.
“Even though we didn’t have a set plan going into it, the fluid design process led us to an end result that we were all happy with.”Quintin Bowers ’24
The piece has been in the dining hall for a little over the past two weeks, and it brings a fresh aura to the room and area around it, providing a nice addition to the space.
“My favorite part about this project was probably ripping music on the speakers during class to keep the vibes up,” Bowers said. “Even though we didn’t have a set plan going into it, the fluid design process led us to an end result that we were all happy with. I feel like the most important thing that I got out of this project wasn’t the work itself, but the memories that I made with my friends in the studio.”
The piece shows what haverford is about, the long time collaboration of students, teachers and faculty who put the time in to yield the results. The school should encourage more students to create public murals for the school to leave more of an impact from the students in the school.