Peter Jankowski’s Unseen Mural

Elizabeth Neill '17, Writer

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The Marin Catholic campus is covered in murals from past students. From the colorful paintings in the science classrooms, to the dark hallways that are lit up by this wall art, our murals are a unique, yet universal, form of art and expression. The earliest forms of murals date back to cave paintings – when early men would sketch simple, daily objects. Then, they appeared on Church walls, depicting the Bible stories for those who were illiterate. Visual images continue to be one of the most common forms of communication to this day.

Murals stir up a great sense of pride in a community, which is exactly what Peter Jankowski, class of 2016, did with his piece in the baseball coach’s room.

A while back, Peter painted a 6’ x 6’ mural in the coach’s room out by the baseball field. Peter graduated last year; started the hip hop club, was an AP art student, and graduated as the valedictorian of the class of 2016. Currently, he is taking a gap year to travel around Europe and will start as a freshman at Harvard in the fall of 2017.

His mural (pictured) turned into a considerably large project, taking countless hours. It included creating the design, collecting materials, outlining on the wall, and then painting it in. He first began by penciling out the design on the wall, and slowly filling it in with MC’s colors. He used a ladder to paint on the wall (just as if he were MC’s very own Michelangelo) and completed most of the work on most weekends from the spring of 2014 to the fall of 2015.

Peter even added the fierce wildcat and MC’s baseball “Fear nothing, attack everything” motto. Check out his mural for yourself in the coach’s room by the baseball field!

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