Our 3rd Sacred Sites Quest resembled the first two in many ways. Twenty-four HS and college students participated in SSQ3, representing Rice University and some 15 different high schools throughout the greater Houston area. In the first phase of the SSQ—as before, they visited more than a dozen places of worship around Houston to observe many services in progress.
But SSQ3 added a significant new element to the capstone art project in SSQ’s second stage. For SSQ3, the capstone process became a service project as well as an artistic one. The SSQ3 students designed and painted a massive 7 x 60 foot mural to adorn the wall of the Bread of Life building, which serves the local community under the aegis of St. John’s Downtown Methodist Church and The Art Project, Houston (TAPH). Installed at the Bread of Life and unveiled at a closing ceremony and SSQ celebration on Saturday, March 2nd 2013 at 1703 Gray St., the mural is entitled “Epiphany in All Eyes.”
The students wrote the following caption to describe the images depicted in their painting: “Our paths through life are different, yet our journey is universal. Innocently, we face futures filled with opportunities and challenges. Transcending our differences and uniting on common ground we seek answers to the questions of life, gaining wisdom and knowledge along the way. In the end, we share what we have learned and reflect back to see just how far we have come. We hope that future generations can use our journey as inspiration for theirs.”
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