Symbols for Education Mural

The University of British Columbia’s graduating class of 1958 commissioned Lionel Thomas to build the “Symbols of Education” mosaic for the new wing of the Brock Hall Annex. The piece consists of 54 separate blocks/symbols each representing a different faculty or department within the University. The symbols were created by Thomas after consulting with each department across the campus. The smalti tile mosaic was completed in 1960 with the help of Lionel’s wife Patricia.

The UBC has a great interactive site that explains each design on the “Symbols of Education” mosaic mural. When you get to the site just click on the “Interactive Version”, next click the foward button twice to get to the roll-over version, then when you roll-over each symbol a window pops up explaining its meaning. Cool. Click here.

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