From Designing for Disaster at the National Building Museum, on view through August 2, 2015:
Select panels from the ‘Love Can Build Anything’ Hurricane Andrew Mural, 1992
Mays Middle School students (Goulds, Florida) led by artists Dena Stewart and Stewart Stewart
Collection of International Hurricane Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
When Dena and Stewart Stewart were commissioned to create artwork for the reopening of Miami’s zoo after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida on August 24, 1992, they turned to 45 middle schoolers for assistance. With support from their teacher, Barbara Phillips, the students shared their feelings in writing, then were challenged to transform their words into paintings. The tangible result was a powerful, 48-foot-long, movable mural. The intangible: the students had begun the healing process. The mural became a centerpiece at rebuilding ceremonies across the area and a symbol of remembrance and recovery.