Nature's Children

Sally DuBack's avatar Sally DuBack

The subject matter of the mural deals with children as students and stewards of nature. Today's children live in a world facing environmental degradation and extinctions of species which are occurring at an alarming rate. Frogs, turtles, and North America's beloved whooping cranes count as endangered species. The recurring image of the spiral, as represented by a nautilus shell, a galaxy and the center of a sunflower, serve as reminders that this golden proportion repeats itself over and again in nature and represents the shape of Earth's movement through the universe. The mural, which measures 66"x144" in three panels, is done in mixed media mosaic on a framed wood surface. Materials used include ceramic tiles and beads which I made, repurposed costume jewelry, mirrors, buttons, found objects, discarded hardware, shells which my father collected over a period of 20 years. All were set in a glossy, colorful acrylic gel adhesive.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: mixed media mosaic
  • Width: 144 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 66 inches