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We Are DePaul 2 | Murals by Mark Elder | DePaul University - McCabe Hall in Chicago
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We Are DePaul 2 - Murals

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“We Are DePaul 2" (mineral silicate paint on brick; 2001) is a mural executed by Brother Mark Elder CM with assistance from his students at DePaul University.

This corner mural on DePaul's McCabe Hall features a portrait of St. Vincent comprised of miniature faces of members of the DePaul University community. The faces of sixteen individuals make up the repeating pattern that becomes the portrait of St. Vincent. These individuals represent students, faculty and staff, and include a custodian, a former dean and a Vincentian priest.

These faces are repeated and layered to produce the tones that become the greater image. The mural is the largest likeness of St. Vincent in the world, and celebrates the great diversity of the DePaul community.

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"As a child, Mark Elder had familiar boyhood dreams of what he wanted to be. A professional baseball player, perhaps. Certainly, a Marine fighter pilot like his dad. But life takes its own turns, and Mark Elder is not only a member of the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) but a highly respected instructor of art, university public art coordinator at Chicago’s DePaul University, and creator of some of the most striking murals in the United States and elsewhere."

"These being postmodern times in contemporary art, I am free to explore Art that reflects Platonic or Aristotelian thinking in philosophy. I have chosen Aristotelian because of my commitment for serving people. This means that every viewer must have some access to the meaning of the piece. At times, I will use Abstract platonic thinking, but only as a basis to construct the narrative/figurative pieces that come from my love of storytelling." - Brother Mark Elder CM