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    Completed Commissions: Ancestral Gate | Growing Together | Homage to Roberto | I Am Order, You Are Chaos | Passages

    Homage to Roberto

    Artist: JoAnn Moran
    Date: 2010
    Material: Acrylic mural
    Location: Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy. 3360 Columbus Avenue.

    Well-known New Haven artist JoAnn Moran created her Homage to Roberto incorporating historic photographs of the baseball giant / humanitarian with child-like drawings meant to capture Clemente’s two great loves: baseball and children. In a series of three murals, Moran and the students who worked with her at Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy, short markers from Clemente’s amazing life story are told. From an impoverished childhood in Puerto Rico, to a stellar career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente became a model of responsible leadership when he took on the mantle of humanitarian and philanthropist. He eventually perished on a downed flight, where he was on-route to deliver food and supplies after an earthquake in Nicaragua. Though the facts of his life are alluded to in the first two murals in the series, the last and largest mural, titled “ECHO” depicts a “whimsical games of baseball celebrating the ECHO philosophy.” A creed for the school, ECHO stands for empathy, character, hope and opportunity, traits that Clemente espoused.

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