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Library mosaic tells the story of knowledge

Check it outMosaic above Everett Library tells many stories.

Along the façade of Everett Library, more than 250,000 small pieces of Italian tile and stone tell a story.

The massive 5-by-60-foot mosaic tile mural was designed by American artist Edmund Lewandowski and made with materials imported from Murano, Italy.  It was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the library in 1960.

The mural represents the major fields of knowledge required for a good education from mathematics to the humanities, several areas of study are highlighted in tones of red and brown. 

The Alpha and Omega of the first and last panels relate to the center section, which presents a number of religious symbols signifying the Presbyterian heritage of Queens.

If you look closely, you'll see part of the Gargantuan calendar depicting the various eras of geological time.  Symbols for monetary systems in various parts of the world.  Various forms of writing and language from cultures across the globe.

Art is represented with images including figures drawn from African sculpture and icons from architecture, combining elements of the Gothic and Romanesque periods. 

Religious symbols include Ichtus, the Ten Commandments, the symbol of Islam, Star of David, and the Chi Rho symbolizing Christ.

Look for an eagle, scales and a gavel, which represent law and government.

Numerous elements represent the sciences including symbols of elements and formulas, cell structures, the human figure, and blood types.

The three panels with the names Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle represent both philosophy and the cultural heritage from the Greeks

The last panel is Omega referring to the first panel and to the center section on religion.
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