New 6-story mural in downtown Baton Rouge: 'On the shoulders of giants'

From:   2015-07-13

The latest public art installation in downtown Baton Rouge mixes periodic elements with eager, young minds.

The 6-story mural, titled “On the shoulders of giants,” was recently completed on the façade of Mentorship Academy, on Florida Boulevard at Fourth Street.


Solutions Through Science, a Baton Rouge-based organization comprised of Louisiana chlorine and vinyl producers and users, funded it in collaboration with The Walls Project, a local public art organization.

“The mural interweaves the values of (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the importance of how chemistry…play(s) an important role in our daily lives,” says a press release about the mural.

“Celebrated” south Florida muralists Eduardo Mendieta, Jay Bellicchi and Paul Hughes painted the work. 

About 500 students attend Mentorship Academy, a charter school that focuses of project-based learning, including robotics labs, visual arts studio and earth science labs. A formal unveiling of the mural is planned for the first week of August, when school starts. 

“On the shoulders of giants,” is The Walls Project’s 21st mural in the Baton Rouge area. Other murals include the towering harmonica on the side of the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino parking garage and the blues nightclub scene on the side of a Government Street pawn shop in Mid City. 

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Emily Lane is a news reporter based in Baton Rouge. Reach her at or 504-717-7699. Follow her on Twitter (@emilymlane) or Facebook.

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