Space Shuttle Challenger mural at my high school

When I was a student at Deer Creek Mackinaw (Dee-Mack) High School in Mackinaw, Illinois (1984 thru 1988) I was really into anything that was even remotely related to art. I loved drafting classes and all of the different art classes too. Our art teacher, Mrs. Schultz, organized some of the best art students there and had them paint a few organized and approved murals around the school. I was allowed to paint a Space Shuttle mural upstairs on the big 2-story wall just outside the library. I was also into space, and I had some NASA photos and mission patches and I basically just painted a collage of some of the items in that material. I dedicated the mural to the crew of the Challenger mission that was lost during their launch on January 28th, 1986. This large mural was a big project for a high school student … and I never actually technically finished the mural. I had intended to paint land masses on the earth, but never got around to it. I took these photos in the summer of 2002, so the mural was at least there for 14 years. I think they had to paint over it a few years ago, though.

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Kurt

4 thoughts on “Space Shuttle Challenger mural at my high school”

  1. WOW!!! You are an artist too??? okay the amount of talent in you is starting to sicken me (lol) and now that i know you can do professional murals I’ll have to pass your name around… don’t tell Sam 🙂
    NICE WORK!

  2. i remember that day as well i was at school teacher turned on the tv to watch
    a shuttle go off sadly that day 7 wonderful people died there eyes on god now Alicia

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