A wall on the second floor of Andover High School is now occupied by a colorful display representing Andover's global connectedness.

After months of hard work by students, the new mural, dubbed "The World in Andover," was unveiled last Tuesday.

Under the supervision of Jessica Daviso, an art teacher at Andover High School, and mural artist David Fichter, students transformed their brainstormed ideas of the town's past, present and global connections into a masterpiece.

Some 60 hands were on deck for the creation of the mural, which took countless hours to complete. Student involvement ranged from brainstorming ideas, to planning and painting.

The mural, painted on a canvas attached to the wall with wallpaper paste, which allows it to be removed and reinstalled if necessary, challenged students' artistic abilities, as well as their creative thinking. They learned skills in collaboration, leadership, design, creativity, social responsibility and problem solving.

The wall now features prominent figures who are a part of Andover's rich history. Among them are abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ann Bradstreet, known as the first American poet. Historic town buildings like Memorial Hall Library and Old Town Hall can also be seen in the display.

The mural includes paintings of national birds from different countries, representing the school's diversity and the many countries that AHS students call home.

Centered in the mural is a mill-wheel with the statement: "Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none. Think globally, act locally." The water flowing through the mill wheel transforms into a quilt that is made up of the United Nation's sustainable development goals.

The goal of the project was to expand the visibility of the arts in the high school, while giving students the opportunity to investigate and analyze the community from multiple perspectives.

Students, faculty and school officials attended the unveiling to celebrate the hard work and talent of those involved.


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