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Arrowstreet's architectural team worked closely with the staff of Hildreth Elementary, to design a series of environmental graphics including an 82-foot-long mural. The graphics serve as teaching tools to help students understand their physical location and how they are connected to the broader world. They also support the building's biophilic design and emphasis on health and wellness.
The 82-foot-long mural is a focal point alongside the school’s central amenity spaces. As students, families, and staff walk by the monumental Learning Stair, the mural introduces the school’s theme of nature with an illustrated map of Harvard featuring native flora and fauna. As students continue down the hall, they walk through an apple orchard—a key characteristic of the Harvard landscape—depicting all four seasons. As the leaves fall off the last tree, the mural transitions to a world map showcasing Earth’s biomes and highlighting a small selection of natural landmarks and their distances from Harvard.
View this project and more information on the Arrowstreet website.