On Tuesday, June 12, Xaverian had the honor of unveiling the mural that they painted under the 69th Street Overpass in partnership with the Department of Transportation. Over the course of a three-week period, the Xaverian art teachers, Mr. Pat Mathews, Mr. John Hendrick, and Ms. JoAnna Mesiti, along with the assistance of Xaverian art students transformed the space with a dynamic, colorful mural.
President Robert Alesi ’78 remarked: “Xaverian is very excited to be part of this project in collaboration with DOT Art. Alum Anthony Grosso, Class of 1970, along with his company Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), made this opportunity available to us and we could not be more thankful to Mr. Grosso for allowing us to do our part in keeping Bay Ridge beautiful. Our students, with their art teachers, have been able to give back to the greater community through this project, which will benefit all who use the tunnel to access the pier and ferry system. Our Clippers were able to use their talents to design and create a piece of art that will have a long-lasting impact on the Bay Ridge community.”
The mural titled, “Diversity,” explores the relationships between old and new, constancy and rejuvenation, and harmony and variety. The architectural backdrop represents the history of Brooklyn, anchored in its brownstones and row houses, while the addition of the colorful sea life, represent the continuous flow of various cultures and peoples that make Brooklyn their home.