University of the Sciences was proud to support and partner with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Warrior Writers to dedicate a new mural near campus called "Communion between a rock and a hard place" on Nov. 12, 2012.
The mural was the result of the "Our City, Our Vets" program created to bring veterans, many of whom struggle in silence, into a conversation with fellow community members to share their stories and build a better network for troops returning home. Designed by Phillip Adams and Willis Humphrey, the mural is actually two facing murals depicting a scene from Clark Park in Philadelphia, and Iraq and Afghanistan.
The site, situated on Woodland Ave. near Mayes College, was selected because of its proximity to the VA hospital and multiple universities, and the unique physical layout of the site.
“Thank you artists Phillip Adams and Willis Humphrey for providing this long lasting tribute to our veterans,” said University President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee. “USciences was proud to co-host this event and to have these murals in our visual reach as a constant reminder of the many and significant contributions of our veterans.”
The design incorporates photographs and writing accumulated during the workshops, and mimics the technique of photographic transfers for the overall aesthetic. It is meant to give the viewer the sense of being between two worlds, worlds that are separate, but apart. Veterans can never fully leave either of these two worlds.
Funding was provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.
During her remarks, Dr. Giles-Gee spoke of USciences’ research efforts to help veterans. Those efforts include Dr. Shanaz Tejani-Butt who is working with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania to determine how stress induces the symptoms of PTSD and sleep disorders. As well as Dr. Stephen Metreaux who is studying the causes of homelessness among veterans in support of the commitment made by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015.
“We will continue to marshal our research efforts to help our veterans live better lives, each and every day,” she said.
1. Jane Golden, executive director of theMural Arts Program, speaks in front of the mural wall that depicts a scene from Clark Park.
2. Lovella Calica, founder and director of the Warrior Writers, speaks about the "Our City, Our Vets" program that provided the basis for the mural design.
3. USciences President Dr. Helen Giles- Gee.
4. Cutting the ribbon to officially dedicate the murals.
Communion between a rock and a hard place © 2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program/Phillip Adams, Willis Humphrey Photo credit: Steve Weinik