"In Harmony, Small Things Grow"

Submitted by Karen Singer

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Project

Client: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Location: Olney, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $175,000

Project Team

Artist

Karen Singer

Karen Singer Tileworks, Inc.

Client

Jane DiGirolamo

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Industry Resource

Steve Griffith

Spikes Trophies

Industry Resource

Rob Schlichter

STM Contractors

Client

Nick Clulow

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Overview

Our challenge was to showcase the school’s values and culture in a
meaningful work of art to inspire increased giving. The mural is
structured around five arched “windows” each representing one of Good
Counsel’s Xaverian values. This integration of artwork into the building and the campaign
process was very fruitful for our client. By bringing us in early, the
donor wall design materials could be used to form the centerpiece of
all campaign literature. Imagery from the mural was reiterated in the
naming plaques placed throughout the new building, and in the donor
gifts created as thank yous.

Goals

Our challenge was to showcase the school’s values and culture in a meaningful work of art that would inspire increased giving. The mural is structured around five arched “windows” each representing one of Good Counsel’s Xaverian values. The title for the piece and the campaign is a quote from the Xaverian Brothers who created the school. The cherry tree and blossom imagery refers to a memorable flowering cherry on the original school campus. This image in conjunction with the "In Harmony" quote led to using the blossom image as the secondary motif of the project. This integration of artwork into the building and the campaign process was very fruitful for our client. By bringing us in early, the donor wall design materials could be used to form the centerpiece of all campaign literature. Imagery from the mural was reiterated in the naming plaques placed throughout the new building, and in the donor gifts created as thank yous.

Process

Collaboration took place in multiple ways with this project. Choosing the imagery for each value sparked a multi-person client-artist dialogue about the school’s core identity- past, present and future. It was critical to collaborate with the architect around the design for the entry area and with the contractors to complete the trim elements and transitions within the entire entry space. We worked closely with two subcontractors, STM Contractors, who spent weeks installing the tile, and Spikes Trophies, who created the naming plaques, gold band areas, and who sandblasted all the names into the "grass" tiles. We also worked closely with our client, Jane DiGirolamo and her associate, Erica Tituana, on text layout and placement, font choice, color choices and many other aspects.