A barren wall that was transformed into a tribute to explorers past, present and future was unveiled Thursday at Christopher Columbus Middle School.
The 125-foot mural--created with vibrant acrylics--was designed by artist Susan Bennett with help from art teacher Carol Barham and about 30 students, including some from the school's special education program.
Beginning with a sailing ship, the mural depicts the school's namesake, a covered wagon, kids exploring with a microscope, an image of Albert Einstein, a futuristic city, a rocket and a space car drawn by 13-year-old student Sergio Rodriguez.
It was the first outdoor mural Barham had ever done and the first time she'd worked side by side with budding artists. Teachers said that aside from learning artistic techniques, the students benefited from the sense of satisfaction they received.