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NAHS Creates Global Masterpiece

Thanks to the National Art Honor Society, CHS now has a beautiful new mural gracing its hallway for all to enjoy. The National Art Honor Society, which is advised by Art teacher David Malady, has worked on the mural for over two years. It is comprised of 21 individual canvases. Each represents a different architectural monument from locations around the world including Waxhaw, and is hung individually to form a huge masterpiece.

Monuments included in the mural are divided into four locations with five images from each measuring two feet square: local interest, the United States, Asia, and Europe. The local images include downtown Waxhaw, the Waxhaw bridge, the Waxhaw water tower, the Monroe courthouse, and the Charlotte skyline.

The U.S. images include Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, the Freedom Tower of New York, the Gateway Arch of Missouri, the Statue of Liberty in New York, and the Golden Gate Bridge in California.

The Asian images include Himeji Castle in Japan, the Beijing National Stadium of China, the Burj Khalifa of the United Arab Emirates, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal of India.

European images include the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Parthenon of Greece, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, the Colosseum of Rome, and Big Ben in London. All the individual canvases surround a large four feet square canvas in the center which features a huge globe.

“The National Art Honor Society has a service component to promote the arts in our community, and this is the way we decided to give back. Now there will be something permanent hanging up in our school that merges the arts with globalization which is a large focus for us,” said Malady.

The NAHS also created murals as service projects in both of our cluster elementary schools, Kensington and New Town. According to the National Art Honor Society website, the organization has a three-part focus: art scholarship, character, and service. To be eligible for the membership, students must be enrolled in grades 6-12, have completed at least one semester of art in the school, and have a minimum art GPA of “B.”

Malady stated that once the artwork was hung he realized there was room to add more canvases in the future, so NAHS members may look forward to adding to the beauty of our school in the years to come! Please be sure and come see the masterpiece hanging in the hallway that leads to the Media Center, right of the Grand Hall as you enter the building. 

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Aug 19, 2014 by Paula White

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