History of Communication Mural for a School

This week I launched into a mural for an elementary school computer lab. The theme for the 3-wall project is the history of communication, which is great because I’m also currently working on a picture book about Alexander Graham Bell. So yeah, kind of serendipitous.

The mural project actually began a few months ago with intensive research and a sketch to scale. Early on I hit on the idea of making the mural interactive by hiding clues within the imagery. The clues use pictographs, hieroglyphics, Morse Code, sign language, binary code, and more. (No worries, kids. There will be a Decoder Book!) To add to the fun, I’ll be posting progress reports throughout the project.

Calabash Mural Day 1

Day 1 – Cleared the work area and blocked in the background color gradations. I like listening to audio books when I work. Today I finished listening to “Marbury Lens ” by Andrew Smith. Trippy and transformative!