Mural creators Andy Im ’22 and Judith Weng ’23 want you to decide what the phoenix they painted onto Sharples is saying.
Im’s take: “I think he’s pretty vibrant, pretty welcoming. He was born in two days. What sort of advice could he give you? I guess he would say, ‘I hope you have a wonderful time.’”
Weng considered attributing a phrase to the phoenix: “It was something along the lines of ‘fly high, we try’ — something very boring but really positive. We’ve been through a lot, and we’re still going. But I did not want to remind people that we’re in a terrible situation. I wanted them to see something positive in their daily lives. I don’t really know what the phoenix will say, to be honest. I want each individual to have their own way to interpret it as well.”
Weng was first recruited to create the mural while conducting computational…