Taking Root

A colorful painted mural depicting a leafless tree on a hill, three people make up the tree's trunk, bright birds are in the sky, a whale breaches in the ocean, and a lighthouse is cradled in the trees branches.
The "Taking Root" Mural at the Highlands Center.

NPS Photo.

The Highlands Center celebrates our interconnectedness with the local community by combining science, nature, art, and education. The partners of the Highlands Center have been improving this former air force station site since its transfer to the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1994. High-lands Fest 2014 followed the theme of Taking Root - focusing on the connec-tions between community, partnerships, and environment. This included the commemoration of Norm Edinberg for his work dating back to the roots of the Highlands Center.

A mural incorporating this theme with depictions of a growing tree, light-house, and the Cape ecology was designed by AmeriCorps Cape Cod mem-ber Richard Alex Smith, with assistance by Allyson Stein. The inclusion of people in the tree trunk derives from a sketch by Joyce Johnson, a founding board member of Highlands Center, Inc. and the founder of Castle Hill Arts Center.

Last updated: October 4, 2017

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