ABOUT THE MURAL
Our lobby mural was commissioned by the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Arts in Public Places program. The work is 23 feet high and 104 feet long. It took Jean Charlot and his team three months to complete (from February 14 - May 17, 1974).
Jean Charlot was a distinguished artist and teacher. Leeward Community College is very fortunate to have one of his greatest works done in fresco. It is the largest work he ever did and it reveals his love for Hawai`i and the Hawaiian people. He was born in Paris in 1898 and lived in Hawai`i from 1949 until his death in 1979.
Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh" and in art it is the method of painting on plaster while the plaster is still wet, or "fresh." In the drying process, the colors amalgamate with the plaster and the painting literally becomes part of the wall. Jean Charlot was a member of a quartet of muralists who during the 1920's set the standards for their art form. This creative group included Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco.