Current Location:
Lake Superior Hall -> 1st Floor (LSH)
Location Notes:
LSH; 1st fl., Wall Mural, West through Main Entrances

William James College Mural

Artwork
Identifier:
1998.258.1a
Artist:
Sachu Yamashita
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Latex Paint
Date:
1975
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 10 ft Width: 100 ft
Note: (approx)
Description:
Organic and geometric shapes of varying colors and shapes painted on the hallway walls; bright reds, greens, blues, purples, yellow and turquoise.
Historical Context:
This mural was a commission by an artist who participated in the Synoptic Lecture Program of William James College, one of the founding colleges of this university. The design is based upon simplified elements of nature (such as a rainbow motif) and simplified images of traditional Japanese painting. However, while the artist created the design, the members of William James College applied the paint. The intention of the artist was to make a friendly, happy environment out of the generic, somewhat sterile hallways. In this spirit, the artist chose to use the standard colors of the Pittsburgh Paint Company so that repainting would be easy for maintenance workers. Part of the William James College Project 1971-83