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“Word of Life” mural undergoes preventative maintenance

June 07, 2011

Work underway on "Word of Life" mural

As retired Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., describes it, the massive “Word of Life” mural on the north side of the building which has since been named for him was something of an afterthought.

The Ellerbe Becket firm of St. Paul, Minn., designers of what was in 1963 called the Memorial Library, were governed by a librarian’s utilitarian distaste for windows, which admitted problematic and potentially manuscript-damaging light and could distract attention from the printed page. Read More