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Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 6:02 a.m.

New mural unveiled at Palmer Commons

By Staff


Michigan junior Kiki Couger, of Franklin, and sophomore Maria Robisnon, of Fort Wayne check out a new 17 foot-high by 78 foot-long mural, titled "Language: The Human Quintessence" on the fourth floor of Palmer Commons on Wednesday night. Melanie Maxwell I

A new student-created mural was unveiled Wednesday at the University of Michigan's Palmer Commons, designed to be visible outside from the street where Huron and Washtenaw intersect.

The mural, approximately 17 feet high by 78 feet long, features the School of Literature, Science and the Arts theme "Language: The Human Quintessence." It was created by non-art majors taking an "Art in Public Spaces/Big Paintings" course taught last fall by Mark Tucker, art director for the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (and creator of the popular downtown FestiFools parade in the spring).

According to a press release, Tucker invited students to design and create a 1,235-square foot mural. In designing the mural, students were guided by the theme of language, particularly visual language. The title of the resulting mural, "Language: The Human Quintessence" reflects this focus..


Parts of "Language: The Human Quintessence" are reflected in a window on the fourth floor of Palmer Commons on Wednesday night. Melanie Maxwell I

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Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 10:53 a.m.

"Language: The Human Quintessence," is a beautiful example of the spirit of art flowing through those with pure intention, talent, and creative encouragement. Congratulations to the artists, Mr. Tucker, the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, U of M, and the lucky viewers that will be enjoying this work. This mural is worthy of the term art. The artists obviously had a much different vision than those "professionals" that are only capable of seeing green, and producing ugly, boring, monochromatic work.

Ryan Munson

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 5:27 a.m.

Congratulations to Mark and students involved in both making this as well as LHSP! It was fascinating to see. I encourage all interested to go over to Palmer Commons and see it for yourself. The mural is visible from Washtenaw looking toward Huron north from the outside (probably better at night) and from the inside during regular hours. It is things like this that make me want to live where I do.

Dog Guy

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:57 a.m.

Wow! Big, bright, colorful, attention-grabbing, meaningful, relevant to its site, completed in a couple months, and didn't require $750,000.00 in siphoned-off funds. Congratulations! "The biggest reward for a job well done is to have done it." (F-M Arouet)

Usual Suspect

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:11 a.m.

This is obviously a hoax. The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission has made it very clear there are no artists with any talent whatsoever in Ann Arbor, or even Michigan.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:04 a.m.

Very impressive for "non-art majors". Congratulations, great work.