Saturday, September 04, 2010

Cherishing Our Past - Mural On First Floor Facing The Granite Stairs

When we walk up the granite stairs to the first floor, we could see two plaques - the demise of some Lasalle Brothers in Manila and the visit of a Japanese top army officer. What many do not realise is the plaques are actually placed very much later. Behind the thick layer of paint on the wall was a mural depicting the life of John Baptist De Lasalle, the Lasalle Brothers around the world and the education they advocated during the early years.
Work on the mural started in April 1960, initiative of Brother Kevin and his students of art. Unfortunately, the artpiece, over the years, was damaged due to moisture from seepage of water. Discolouration and peeling of paintwork resulted in it being painted over. 
Student Chua Chee Peng painted the clouds.

WHO IS THIS CHUA CHEE PENG? ANYONE WHO CAN SHED SOME LIGHT ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE OLD BOY WHO COULD PRODUCE SUCH INCREDIBLE PIECE OF WORK?

6 comments:

james said...

Wow that is exciting. Was it there all the time???

Peter Khiew said...

Yes, the location of the mural was strategic. Students walking up the stairs, which all of them had to, would be reminded everyday of the strong message behind the painting.

SMI 1912-2012 said...

Hi Mr Peter, if we were to study the mural carefully, it shows people of all walks of life are streaming in to gain knowledge (education). LaSalle, being the focal point in this mural and different signages and symbols indicates the expansion of LaSalle Education throughout the world.

Peter Khiew said...

We actually wonder whether CHUA CHEE PENG is still around. Perhaps someone can shed some light on this old Michaelian. He must have a lot to tell about the many paintings we had earlier in school.

Jusb said...

Such talent by a young student. Hope some day a similar mural can be restored somewhere in the school.

Manmathan said...

If you look closely at the picture, there is a lamp hanging. Can the lamp be traced?