The New Hope-Solebury School District recently completed a breathtaking community mural for the Ten Thousand Flowers Project. The Project, headed by artist Tim Gibson, brings people of all artistic skill levels together to create a community mural within the context of a nationwide display connecting cities from Maine to North Carolina. The design, depicting a field of flowers, is continuous. Where one mural ends, the next one begins. New Hope-Solebury’s mural adorns a high school courtyard and is 130-feet long and 10-feet high.
New Hope-Solebury High School art teacher Karen Rosenburg welcomed Mr. Gibson with a grant from the New Hope-Solebury Education Fund. Mrs. Rosenburg shared, “We are very appreciative of the Education Fund for enabling us to provide such an amazing artistic experience for our students. The mural has completely transformed the courtyard into a vibrant space that will continue to inspire our students’ creativity.”
To start the artistic process, Mr. Gibson began by sketching the outline of the mural in chalk. From there, students from grades 3-12 had the opportunity to paint bright, bold colors within the outline, making this a truly districtwide effort. Mr. Gibson designs his murals with intentional simplicity, so that anyone, regardless of skill or background, can contribute to the final project.
For rising junior Alexandria Elias, this was the most memorable aspect of the project. She shared, “I enjoyed being able to use my artistic skills working alongside younger students. I believe this raised school spirit and helped bring together students of different backgrounds for a common cause. It also created a centerpiece for people to admire now that it is complete.”
The finishing touches were completed by Mr. Gibson in June. The New Hope-Solebury School District looks forward to inspiring students, staff, and visitors with this visual depiction of a community coming together.