Mural 16 years in the making completed at East High School

Posted at 9:52 PM, May 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-31 23:52:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A project 16 years in the making is finally done at East High School. Year after year, students in the art club have spent countless hours adding to the 200-foot mural that covers the hallways.

A small but talented group of young artists have assembled each year for the last 16 to add to the work of art, which spans 200-feet of hallway and covers life in the deepest parts of the ocean to objects in outer space and everything in between.

East High junioirs Jamie Lewis and Jessica Service spoke about the project.

"The first few years they blocked everything in, and they put all of the colors in.  And we've just been going over it these past two years."

When Patricia Clay, an art teacher at East High, started this project she had no idea what she got herself into.

Now, 16 years later and with the mural done, she couldn't be happier with the end result and how it has grown and changed over the years.

"We never really planned it,” she said. “They got to choose what they wanted to put where. So it's been a really fun process."

Each year, students add a little piece of themselves to the huge mural and feel honored to be a part of something so big that can be seen and treasured by hundreds for many years to come.

"I'm very proud," one student said. "I can come back and look at this.  And my kids can come, and I can say, 'I did this.  I was a part of this.'  And it will definitely leave my stamp on the school."

Another student added, "I'm excited for reunions and things where we can come back and be like, it's still here."

With the mural finished, Clay said she feels that it's time for her to retire. She said she will always appreciate the support shown by students and staff.