On Saturday, Canton artist Scott McIntyre will finish a mural spanning over half of the school’s media center wall.
McIntyre, who painted the mural in downtown Canton as well as murals at other Cherokee County Schools, also painted Carmel’s entryway last summer.
This time around, two Carmel students got to weigh in on the project.
Student Council President Omar Ahmed and Vice President Reagan Gilbert met twice with McIntyre before school to give ideas on the project.
“I let them know the possibilities of things I could do and the kids were able to pick and choose from what I suggested would work,” McIntyre said.
The mural begins on the far end of the media center with Omar and Reagan walking toward a giant castle, McIntyre’s favorite part of the mural.
“It creates an illusion of depth,” he said. “It’s like icing on the cake for me.”
The mural wraps around the room and generally coincides with every genre of books displayed below the image, McIntyre said.
It begins with fictional themes, like dragons and knights, and then evolves into scientific themes, including planetary bodies and microorganisms. The mural then shifts to world landmarks, including Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China, then ends with American history icons and the Atlanta skyline.
“What’s great about working in a media center is that I have the subject matter right here,” McIntyre said, noting that he referenced several history books for photographs of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mount Rushmore for his replicas.
Gary Parkes, PTA president, said the mural is a gift to the school from the PTA.
McIntyre said he does about 15 of these projects a year in local school media centers, cafeterias and hallways. He said he is particularly looking forward to a project in Avery Elementary School he will complete this summer. It will feature Cherokee County landmarks including the Rock Barn and other sights located along Highway 140.
McIntyre founded his company, Londonberry Mural Press, in 1996.