Middle Earth Mural for Logic School
By Jacqueline Knox
Mr. Jeff Jones, the new Logic School headmaster, while moving into his office was trying to decide how to decorate his brand new walls. Suddenly, he got the idea to turn one of his walls into a life-size mural of Middle Earth, the setting of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series.
The Logic School has a huge tie to Tolkien. During the summer, each incoming grade of Logic School has to read a different book from “The Lord of the Rings” series. We even celebrate the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, two of Tolkien’s characters, every year. Logic has declared this day ‘Tolkien Day’ and it consists of Hobbit-themed games, food and activities. “With Geneva’s commitment to Tolkien and Tolkien Days in Logic School, I thought it would be neat to display items with a Middle Earth tie-in. [Thus] the mural concept was born,” said Jones.
Once he had decided what he wanted, the question became who would want to complete this task. Jones contacted some of the other teachers to see if they had any student who would want to work on the mural. Five sophomore girls gladly volunteered to take on this huge task. Jayne Goodman, Catarina Flores, Brooke Secor, Abby Albrecht and Elle Albrecht spent over 50 hours working on the mural. They spent time during the summer and multiple Saturdays working on this project. Each girl took on a different part of the map. “I painted the Middle Earth sign and I really liked how that turned out,” said Goodman.
The girls, along with Jones, are all really proud of the way the mural turned out. “It was hard at times but all worth it in the end,” said Flores. This Map of Middle Earth is a permanent addition to Jones’ office.
All Photos by Jacqueline Knox