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Two outdoor projects feature student designs
5/15/2012 11:13:00 AM by PCA&D



Students from PCA&D created and completed two outdoor projects -- perfect for the public to view and enjoy -- for area organizations.  They're on view all summer long.


Play it again, Sam


PCA&D students designed and transformed a piano for the 2012 "Keys for the City" initiative (see image above). The design was created by Fine Art major Sam Warren (Sam is also the vice president of the Society of Illustrators Student Chapter).  Sam's fellow students who helped make the piano project a reality are Society of Illustrators (PCA&D student chapter president) Nick Velardi, illustration majors Megan Laird, Haruka Takaheshi and  Liz Cleaves, graphic design major Katie Smith, and Alyssa Daywalt, Fine Art major.

Faculty supervisor was Robert Hochgertel, Chair of the Illustration department.  The piano itself is sponsored by Lititz, Pa.-based Tell Manufacturing, Inc.

The students' beautiful piano is installed in a covered recess at the Prince Street Garage, immediately north of the W. Orange Street intersection.


(By the way, PCA&D faculty member Jonathan Yeager also designed a piano for the 2012 "Keys for the City."  His design graces the piano at the Lancaster Library on N. Duke Street.)

Here's a bit of background about the creative aspect of the project: Sam Warren developed his winning concept by first playing with the Tell Manufacturing company name and logo, as it evokes the story of William Tell and the apple. Instead of focusing on this Swiss folk hero legend from the 15th-century, Sam shifted his attention to the "William Tell Overture" by Rossini. Once the music reference took hold, Sam focused on the piano itself and the American musicians (Thelonious Monk, Nat King Cole, Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea) who embraced and even elevated the instrument.


Mural in Lititz, Pa.


In May, a large outdoor mural was completed by PCA&D students at the headquarters of Susquehanna Bank.

Seth Pala ’12, an Illustration major who created the concept and design, worked alongside fellow students and Illustration majors Alicia Jagels ’12 and Kelly Geiges ’12, who helped to draw, paint and execute the design.  Allison Farris '12, another PCA&D Illustration major, was part of the mural concept process in summer 2011.


Seth, Alicia and Kelly (l. to r.) at the mural site

on May 10.  Photo: Lori Stahl Photography

The mural -- located at 7 North Lane -- was installed at the corporate offices of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., which is based in Lititz, Pa.  The design was originally selected in spring 2011; painting began in summer 2011 and completed on May 10, 2012, when the Bank invited members of the local media to share in our excitement for the project.

See PCA&D's Facebook wall for lots of pictures from the May 10 event. 


You can also click here to view a short video and article about the mural project, written by Jed Kensinger of the Lancaster Newspapers.

The concept for the 1500 sq. foot mural is this: An archway theme was developed as the arches and wall on which they are painted seem to support the upper level parking area. Inside each arch are images of local landmarks and well-known people who depict Lititz's past and present. One arch depicts business people in front of the old paper mill, the building that Susquehanna Bank offices now occupy. Between the archways you'll find flora and fauna of Lititz and the 
surrounding region.

The artists used about 30 gallons of paint for the 10 feet high by 150 feet long mural.

Faculty advisor throughout the project was Robert Hochgertel, Chair of the Illustration department.  Volunteers assisting the students on the final day of the installation were Charlie Beyl, Joe Kulka, Matt Novak, and Jonathan Yeager.

















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