If you ever get the chance to visit St. Petersburg College’s downtown campus -which you definitely should make time for- you will find a breathtaking mural by Tessa Moeller on the west side of the building. This Downtown mural is a wonderful addition to St. Pete’s growing mural collection.
The artist, Tessa Moeller, is a beautiful, talented and visionary artist who simply has a passion for painting. She is twenty-four years old and went to school for nursing. Having never taken art classes, her mural is very impressive.
Tessa grew up around art, as her father is a professional artist, but this is her first mural. It took her about three months to plan and a little over one month to paint it. She said that she chose the colors to go with the schools color theme, but that the colors of the bodies were designed to not have a specific color so that they could be universal.
The Downtown mural is of a man and woman and was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing of the Vitruvian man. It is part of SPC’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement Civic Art movement, which shines light on how diverse the students are and the effect they can have in their communities.
This movement is also designed to bridge any gap between the community and the variety of civic interests that the students have. The Downtown mural was funded by both Student Life, Student Government funds, and a donation from Friends of Williams Park organization.
Behind the man and the woman in the mural, you can see a spiral of the golden ratio, which is also called the divine proportion. This proportion is generally associated with the first type of mathematics.
This ratio is found in the Fibonacci sequence, which is a series of repeating numbers and is said to be the most aesthetically pleasing ratio. These repeating numbers have been found in both nature and human design. Using this sequence, there are special and unique types of patterns and shapes that are created.
Connecting the dots from art, to science, to math and to mankind, this mural encompasses many different themes of hope, encouragement and vision towards a bright future. This Downtown mural will always celebrate the vast diversity and ever excelling student body of St. Petersburg College, thanks to Tessa Moeller.