Building 549 Becomes the Backdrop for an Updated Mural

By Madison Reeley, WHK Student Intern; photo by Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer
The overlapping images represent the collaborative battle against cancer and AIDS.

The overlapping images represent the collaborative battle against cancer and AIDS.

Next time you walk through Building 549 at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick campus, make sure you check out the bright new mural adorning the walls outside the auditorium. A collaboration between the Office of Scientific Operations (OSO) and Scientific Publications, Graphics and Media (SPGM), the mural evokes the goals and efforts of the Frederick National Lab and NCI at Frederick.

Recognizing that the old mural had become dated, OSO requested an update to show new faces. They invited NCI at Frederick and Frederick National Lab staff to submit images that captured the facility’s range of diversity and expertise. SPGM then gathered the images and created a new three-dimensional design inspired by the multifaceted workplaces at NCI at Frederick and the Frederick National Lab.

Throughout the mural, overlapping images represent the collaborative battle against cancer and AIDS. Photographs of labs sit atop a web-like design made of interlinked squares, signifying the connection between the many groups working toward a common goal.

“We hope that it reminds the viewer that we are not alone when dealing with the burden of cancer whether at work or at home,” said Al Kane, senior graphic designer, SPGM, who designed the mural.

Kane’s work is a refreshing update to the building and takes the place of the old cutouts, which were a fixture in Building 549 for 10 years. The NCI at Frederick campus has evolved in the intervening years, and the new mural reflects that change.

“The new mural highlights both the diversity of the science and the people working at NCI at Frederick,” said Kane.

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