Lafayette

Submitted by Michael Crossett

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Client: Lafayette Elementary School / DC DGS

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Artist

Michael Crossett

Michael Crossett

Other

Sandy Bellamy

DC DGS

Overview

The installation resembles a scene on the quad of a college campus where posters and signage are layered on walls and columns adding vibrant color and presenting new ideas and opportunities to students. The mural was created using screen printed posters of student artwork which was layered and installed on site in a wheat paste fashion. Standing in front of the mural scene will is a life size image of General Lafayette printed in halftones on a large piece of acrylic. This will also help to represent the print and digital environment in which student learn today.

Goals

To create a multidimensional art installation that encompasses the broad history of the school, faculty, students and surrounding area - along with a strong, representational image of General Lafayette. As Lafayette Elementary is a high-achieving incentive school, the artwork would be engaging, educational and sophisticated with its content while being urban and contemporary in its execution and choice of materials.

Process

I worked closely with educators and administrators to research the history of the school and to identify artwork created throughout the history of the school to be used in the mural.