This photograph shows the third and fourth floors of Elizabeth Huth Coates Library and captures artist James Sicner, who sits on a scaffold, in the process of painting the library’s mural, Man’s Evolving Images: Printing and Writing. Although the library opened in 1979, the mural was not completed until 1983; Sicner worked on the mural at night while Trinity students slept. The completed work spans fifteen by eighty feet, and is the largest montage mural in the world. It depicts literary works, hieroglyphics, illustrations, and cartography in diverse historical forms. This imagery celebrates many cultures and their ideas and values, which makes the mural particularly well suited for its setting in a liberal arts institution like Trinity. Although Sicner died of AIDS in 1992, his work continues to inspire students, faculty, and staff every day in the library.
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