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Cave mural at the Banneker Community Center Cave Mural at the Banneker Community CenterArtists:

National Speleological Society members Bob Vandeventer and Kriste Lindberg, Lindsay Smith, Aurora Alternative High School students and teachers


Zero- to low-VOC paint on unused former classroom blackboard




Banneker Community Center, 930 W. 7th St.

About the Work

NSS (National Speleological Society) members Bob Vandeventer and Kriste Lindberg worked with Aurora Alternative High School and the Bloomington Environmental Commission to create a mural depicting drainage above and below ground - both natural (cave) and manmade (storm sewer) systems - and related education at Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Banneker Community Center.

On Monday, January 18, 2010, a little-used blackboard area, 11' x 4', was transformed into an educational painting complete with images of an interconnected pathway of cave (sinkhole, cave, stalactites and stalagmites, northern cavefish, spring), storm sewer (storm drain inlet/outlet, curb, roadway), and stream.

The design (in cross-section and purposely over simplified) was crafted to help children understand the connection between water resources and how to best co-exist with them in an environmentally friendly manner.

A grant from the City of Bloomington's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commission was obtained to purchase paint and supplies for the mural project.