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No More Dull Asphalt

For years the Christian Brothers parking lot has suffered a tremendous tragedy: dull asphalt. But not to worry, a new hope has risen. For the first time in parking lot history, colors fill the floor. Spaces are now being decorated with creative paintings as the seniors of CB have been allowed to customize individualized parking […]

For years the Christian Brothers parking lot has suffered a tremendous tragedy: dull asphalt. But not to worry, a new hope has risen. For the first time in parking lot history, colors fill the floor. Spaces are now being decorated with creative paintings as the seniors of CB have been allowed to customize individualized parking spots in the student lot.

After much brainstorming, Abby Donovan (‘21) decided to recreate the album cover one of her current favorite songs from her Spotify playlist.

“’Let It Be’ by The Beatles is one of my current favorite songs, and I like that the message of the song is really important, especially during current situations in today’s world,” she says. “It talks about letting go of your worries and to focus on the good in your life rather than the things that are out of your control.”

Abby making sure her lines are precise.

Abby also says that she feels it’s unique because she hasn’t seen anyone else have this idea, and the song makes her really happy.

Maggie Melarkey (‘21) decided to make her mark with a spot that no one would mistake for theirs.

“I knew I wanted my parking spot to incorporate my name, bright colors, and something easy to draw.” Maggie says, as she explains she isn’t the best artist. “ I was inspired to use an ‘M’ as the focus of my spot because I think it represents who I am since it is the first letter of my first and last name.”

“Once I had my idea, I drew it out so I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. I wanted the ‘M’ to be in the very center of the parking spot, but I also knew I didn’t have enough paint to cover the whole spot nor did I have time for that,” she explained. “I used chalk to draw everything out before I started painting and then when I started painting it was pretty smooth sailing!”

Maggie believes that her spot screams “in your face” in a good way and definitely catches people attention. She made sure to bring tape so that she wouldn’t have to freehand anything — I feel her on that one.

Maggie’s colorful art making the blank parking spots jealous.

Seeing other seniors participate in painting a parking spot inspired Janelle Chin (‘21) to create a work of her own.

“I wanted to create something that describes who I am and my personality. I think that the colors and the ombré effect are really what makes the parking spot catch your eye at first glance,” Janelle says.

“At first I was having a hard time deciding what to paint. I had many ideas, but I knew it had to be simple enough to paint. Overall, the painting process was a really fun experience.”

Janelle is glad she had the opportunity to paint her spot despite distance learning.

Allowing the seniors to paint individualized spots not only saves our parking lot from being dull, but also allows the students to have a creative outlet for their art that can be in display for everyone. These spots help to make what seems like a dull year a little more bright. Our parking lot has been revived!

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