The Murals: Three Senior Class Gifts

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The Murals: Three Senior Class Gifts

Photo: Caleb Olivero

Photo: Caleb Olivero

1960 Senior Class Gift

The mural above the entrance to the Science Building is a mosaic featuring the various branches of science. The piece, which includes the smaller mosaics on either side of the large panel, was designed by former BJU art faculty member Emery Bopp. It was assembled by the art department, including former faculty members Darell Koons and Carl Blair, as the 1960 class gift. A stem and leaves, a microscope, an atomic model and other symbols reference the sciences, while the words “day unto day uttereth speech” and “night unto night showeth knowledge” provide the context of science as a form of glorifying God.


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1998 Senior Class Gift

The two-piece relief panel on the entrance to the Sargent Art building depicts Creation week in intricately sculpted brick. The piece features monochromatic lines and patterns woven in harmony to feature the sun, stars, plants, animals and humans associated with each day of Creation week. Jay Bopp, chair of the Division of Art + Design, said David Appleman, an artist and former BJU faculty member, sculpted the work out of wet bricks which were then fired and assembled. The piece was made as the 1998 class gift.


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2020 Senior Class Gift

The abstract climbing vine mural in the Mack Building runs extensively along the wall of the lobby staircase from the bottom floor to the top. Nathan Hutcheon, art director in the marketing department, worked on the project with Laurilyn Hall, who teaches interior architecture and design and was consulted for work on the new Mack Building. The two were approached by a few seniors who wanted to make a gift from the class of 2020 that would have some lasting impact, Hutcheon said. The seniors collaborated with Hall on the theme for the piece, drawing from studies on the impact of nature on the healing process as well as the biblical motif of Christ as the origin of life.