When I first inquired about a mural at Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School, I was quickly corrected.
What looks like a mural from afar, is actually a mosaic.
It’s 53 inches by 53 inches — or 19 square feet — and built on a concrete board. The glass pieces are adhered with concrete and grouted in various colors.
And it can be found on the outside wall of the school’s entrance.
“It is built to last outdoors for years to come,” artist Anju Jolly said. “The inspiration of this mural was to capture the school’s diversity and international spirit.”
Jolly said she designed the mosaic with a border of flags from different nations “representing the diversity of the school.”
Inside the border are children holding hands “representing the unity of the school,” she added.
And the heart of the mural represents the school as a one-room schoolhouse.
And Jolly, with the help of teacher Olcay Ayata, worked with the students from fourth, fifth and sixth grades during an after-school club.
They helped to create some of the design.
“Once they got started, they did not want to stop,” Jolly said. “Working with tangible pieces of glass, students learned about how small shapes and colors can be used to build something larger than themselves.”
The project started in October, finished in February and was installed in March during Culture Day at the school.
“The focus students had, and the collaboration with older students helping the younger ones, was remarkable,” Jolly said. “Art became means of building a community, which we called the mosaic tribe.”