FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Professor Nathan Lewis’ mural, The Spirit of SHU, was unveiled in the newly renovated Edgerton Center after more than 13 months of work. The piece, which stands at 18 feet by 6 feet 2 inches, features 80 individuals from all walks of campus life.
“I was very excited from the start to get to honor the institution,” Lewis said in a statement. “To express my own gratitude to this school in my own discipline, that’s very moving to me.”
Lewis began work on the piece a year describing his ambition to create a ‘portrait’ of the University, a mural of separate images and moments which, when seen together, give the work an identity of its own.
Lewis drew images from hundreds of photos of more than 200 possible characters hoping to achieve what he felt was the diversity and energy of the school.
“It’s amazing the way the eye moves through the image,” says Edward Garrity, one of Lewis’ assistants on the project. “From the red and white stripes of the Coat of Arms to a gesture by a professor to the line of a bow on a violin – you just keep moving through so much life that you know is real and right for this school.”