Saint John Regional YMCA Mural

2015

 

8 ft. x 12 ft. Glass on Glass Mosaic

YMCA Mural & me too 8 x 12 stained glass on glass 2015 Nikon shots lower pixels
YMCA Mural in situ  8 x 12 stained glass on glass 2015 Nikon shots
YMCA Mural cropped 8 x 12 stained glass on glass 2015 Nikon shots
2 girls New photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (32)-min
Child & Elder New photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (16)-min
Oli New photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (4)-min
Oli 2New photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (4)-min
SwimmerNew photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (5)-min
3 Girls cluster New photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (3)-min
Oli -seam outNew photos Sept'16 YMCA Mural 2015 (4)-min
Trudy pair laid out-min
taping off for grouting YMCA Mural Aug'15 (51)-min
Swimmer process pieces YMCA Mural2015-04-27 11.55 (3)-min
Simone process too YMCA mural 2015-04-23 15.34 (23)-min
right side panels progress-min
progress on Simone figure cutting-min
pre-grout cleaning-min
Oli process-min
mixing grout-min
grouting-min
cleaning-min

    In researching and musing on the history and current reality of the modern YMCA/YWCA what came out most for me was the fundamental placement of nurturing human relationships. Relationships coming in a myriad of positive incarnations; between infants and caregivers, mentorship from the adult to the child, reaching out to those at risk and on the streets and in poverty and supporting individuals to grow physically, mentally and spiritually to make their lives and the lives of their families and communities better. These relationships develop between strangers and new friends and immigrants. They grow in the Y buildings, at their wilderness and city camps and between people met on a street corner. Relationships flow through the core of what the YMCA/YWCA has been and is. This is what the mural proposal presented to you represents.

 

   The images within this design reflect and symbolize the relationships discussed above. Connecting all of the figures is a swirl of water which represents the way our actions and empathy bind us together and help us forward. Being on the edge of the Bay of Fundy and the Reversing Falls, the water also connects this YMCA/YWCA to the Saint John area specifically.

Copyright Sheryl Crowley 2020