|Senior Alex Lee and junior Paoling Che, both graphic design students, work on a mural in the Academic Senate chair's office.|
Thanks to two graphic design students, a concrete bleak wall in the Academic Senate Office has been transformed into a colorful work of art.
Senior Alex Lee and junior Paoling Che, both graphic design students, recently finished a six-month project that included designing and painting a mural in the Academic Senate chair's office in Building 98, P2-8. The students completed the project as an independent study course.
“There was this huge plain concrete wall with holes in it — I called it the prison wall. It looked unfinished and depressing,” says Glenda Brock, chair of the Academic Senate. “One day, an art professor came by, and we talked about how great it would be if we could paint this wall. The idea was to have something up that was representative of Cal Poly Pomona.”
Lee and Che created the vibrant acrylic painting in three sections, similar to a storyboard. The first section illustrates the Bronco Student Center with students standing on the hill; the second section includes the Japanese Garden with the CPP letters adorning a hill in the background; and the third section depicts the CLA Building, a Bronco Shuttle Bus and an Arabian horse. A bridge was painted to connect all three sections of the mural.
The mural represents the interaction between students, faculty and staff, and the bridge symbolizes the unity on campus, according to the graphic design students.
“It looks great. These students did a wonderful job,” says Brock. “Obviously, they are proud of Cal Poly Pomona they included all of the traditions at the university, like the stables and the CPP letters.”
Che and Lee are excited to have been a part of an “awesome” project. “Not a lot of people get the opportunity to paint a wall on campus that people will see for a long time after you've left,” says Che. “It feels great to know you've left your mark.”