A new mural at Garfield High links the past and present.

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A massive mural stretching along the track at Garfield High School in Seattle is nearing completion, providing a cultural link between its past and present. A group of recent graduates who wanted to give back to the school began the mural and have been joined by current students. It is based on pictures taken of an older mural — that decorated the walls of a parking lot that was removed when the school was remodeled a few years ago — with new ideas worked in.

The mural represents hundreds of hours of volunteer work, with paint bought through a grant from the school’s PTSA submitted by a club named SWAG (Students Want Art at Garfield) who saw a chance to add beauty and positive Garfield images to the community, said Bonnie Hungate-Hawk, chair of the school’s Visual Arts Department.

Among those painting this past Saturday are, from left, students Emma Krause and Greta Triestman, and Devon Hale (class of ’05). Seated at the wall are students Miyuki Wong and Emily Proulx. Painting in the background is Hungate-Hawk. Also painting that day, but not not pictured here were Gabrielle Abbott (class of ’04) and Tom Blayney (class of ’05).