Feast Your Eyes: Mural Serves Up Traditions, Pride
Students opting for a relaxing lunch at the Pub’s Patio will now have the chance to visualize all the things that make UT Dallas unique, thanks to the recent completion of a mural by artist Randy Johnson.
The new painting depicts various UT Dallas trademarks, including the love jack, chess players, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory Building and a comet, all painted amid the Dallas skyline. Even Temoc makes an appearance, racing across the T-shirt of a bicycling student.
The painting took about four weeks to finish, but the mural embodies UT Dallas traditions that have developed throughout the University’s nearly 40-year history — and that are sure to be recognized for years to come.
The decision to paint the wall began with a small group of student government members and eventually evolved into a committee headed by Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Darrelene Rachavong.
“We wanted a banner or something special to jazz up the Patio,” Rachavong said. “From there, the students decided on a professionally rendered piece of art.”
Johnson developed several drafts that were subsequently proposed to the committee. Rachavong added that along each step of the way, students were involved in the process and provided input concerning design elements.
“The mural is welcoming and interactive. It gives students a chance to appreciate University achievements, and it’s easily noticed because it is located at a campus hot spot,” commented sophomore engineering major Claudia Berumen.
In addition to the mural, the Patio also features a new arbor, which will provide shade for eating outdoors, especially during the warmer summer months. The Patio also has new stonework, landscaping and seating, and twinkle lights will soon be added to the arbor to emanate a night club feel and beautify the cozy enclosure.
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