College of Design alumni Kit Casey (B.S. Graphic Design '07) and Teresa Logemann (B.Arch '11) teamed up to design a mural for the University of Minnesota rowing team boathouse. The facility, which opened in 2007, was designed by HGA Architects. It contains an erg room (for the rowing machines), tank room for winter training purposes, laundry services, and coaches' offices. Heidi Baruth (B.Arch '04), an alumnus of rowing program, helped design the windows in the new facility. The mural was installed at the end of August.
"All of the other athletic facilities on campus and around the nation have wallpaper photographic murals," explained Logemann, the graduate assistant coach for the Golden Gopher rowing program, who wanted to highlight how success has shaped the program. She approached Casey, who now works as an interactive designer for Almighty in Boston, and the two collaborated on the idea of a 500 sq. ft. mural with four panels highlighting the pillars of the rowing program: power, perseverance, poise, and pride.
(left) Logemann and (right) Casey in front of one of four mural panels in the U boathouse
"The last time I did an extensive photo collage like this was probably back in my first Interactive class at the U," said Casey, a 2007 NCAA Women's Rowing National Champion. "It's incredibly humbling to be a part of something that is an (almost) permanent fixture in the boathouse."