More Homegrown Art from the Campus Beautification Committee

It may not qualify as the ‘best kept secret’ but the campus greenhouse has always been admittedly tough to find, hidden behind a large retaining wall outside of the Life Sciences building. And then there are the folks who don’t know it exists.

The Campus Beautification Committee’s latest project — a colorful, large mural on this wall — is helping rectify that. It’s also designed to remind SBU and outside community members alike of the eco-friendly research we do there and across the university.

What’s more, the project puts a spotlight on the talent of our students, who are leaving lasting legacies with their artwork all around campus. This particular piece was created by Trinity Hausch, a biochemistry major who is also treasurer of the Greenhouse Club and will serve as president next year.

Combining her love for science, nature and art, Hausch sketched her abstract greenhouse/plant life design in chalk with students, faculty and staff helping add the color in an event on Monday, April 22 (Earth Day). By that Friday, all the finishing touches were completed, including the last-minute decision to add in a tabby cat to represent the actual cat who often calls the greenhouse home!

Greenhouse mural 3

By April 29, CBC leads, along with greenhouse curator Sean Halliwell  were ‘sealing the deal’ for longevity and prosperity.

The new mural is close to the ‘Peace, Love and SBU mural’ painted by the SBU community in 2022, and along a busy thoroughfare across from the tunnel that leads to Stony Brook University Hospital.

With yet another CBC project under its belt, part two of this nature-themed endeavor will involve planting native species in beds outside Life Sciences. Stay tuned …

— Ellen Cooke

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