Announcement: Just 20-25 donor legacy tiles remain available for the Burnside tiled stairway.
Glen Park’s Burnside Mural+ tiled stairway project is receiving loads of love. We want to thank the 175 people who have fulfilled pledges for donor legacy tiles. The inscriptions are often touching, occasionally done with humor, and all clearly crafted from the heart. We estimate that just 20-25 will not be fulfilled and will soon become available. A tile costs either $350 or $500 depending on the number of characters in the inscription. If you are interested, we urge you to go to www.gpmural.com and join the waiting list.
The Glen Park Library is growing a painted rock garden at the Burnside Avenue mural.
This spring the Glen Park youth librarian, Stephanie (Teddy) Gomes, hosted young artists eager to learn how paint rocks with the idea of “planting” some in a rock garden located in front of the neighborhood’s magnificent mural at the cul de sac of Burnside Avenue. Aptly titled, Glen Park Artists Rock!, their youthful contributions can be seen in front of the mural. All rock painters, children and adults, too, are invited to help grow the garden. Stop by the library if you want tips on “how to.” The next library program will be September 23rd from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
St. John School students, the Burnside mural’s mighty maintenance team.
The Burnside mural is located next to the St. John School. Students could often be seen chatting with the mural artists last year while the project was in progress. This year’s 8th grade class enthusiastically became the area’s mighty maintenance team. The hill’s many trees carpet the area with leaves. On average once or twice a month, armed with brooms and bags, their adolescent energy is channeled into sweeping the 69 stairs and gathering debris around the mural.
Blaise Yates, the 8th grade teacher, could be seen gently giving instructions and otherwise organizing the work of upwards of 10-15 students. He noted that this is an “opportunity for service has helped the students learn teamwork, stewardship, and given them the satisfaction of helping the community.” And, from a couple of the mighty workers:
“The mural is very beautiful and a lot of work has gone into it as well as the stairs. It is very inspirational and colorful. It is also a great representation of the area and the city.”
-Faith Faciane 8th Grade
“The mural is a wonderful piece of art that incorporates the many beautiful parts of Glen Park. One of my favorite sections of the mural is the history that runs down the stairway.”
-Carter Kavanagh 8th Grade