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A staff photographer captures the murals of Lincoln High School, before it's destroyed to make way for a new building.

CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Tasneem Sarkez, the artist of these pieces, graduated in 2020 and worked on many projects during her time at Lincoln. A large mural of hers that once stood outside has been torn down for construction. CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Emma McGrane graduated in 2018 and worked on this robotics piece, inspired by Keith Haring. "When kids were doing the mural projects we did a lot of looking into street art," Windle said. "And I teach a unit some years on spray painting stencils and cutting stencils and how to paint on a larger scale." CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Olivia Ozguc, class of 2017, did this ostrich piece near the bookroom. "She's great," Windle said. "She did several things. ... This was actually painted on paper, cut out and then pasted to the wall." CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Students see murals in the hallway everyday but rarely see the artwork outside. There are plenty of art pieces surrounding the outside of the building. "When you have a student for four years, ... you have a level of trust and understanding," Windle said. "A lot of my Lincoln High School students are so amazingly aware of the world around them that I can trust them with going out and making artwork." CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - One of Lincoln's murals took more people and time to accomplish than others.  "A former student of mine led this project. It's 15 feet by 80 feet. It's huge," Windle said. "She and I worked on it in the summer and we had a bunch of volunteers come and work on the different layers." 
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Emma McGrane and Dalya Meyer had set out to modernize the Barack Obama "Hope" sign (originally created by Shepard Fairey) but with Abraham Lincoln instead. "They were just trying to make it modern, and then it took on a life of its own."CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - In the basement art area, the hallway of painted fruit was a Colette Jesson's independent study for Windle's art class. "Visual arts is the first to submit, so most people are testing in May but we submit in the beginning of April," Windle said. "Essentially, the last quarter is an independent study." 
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Have you ever seen a possum swimming in the deep blue sea of "Spongebob Squarepants"? You can find this mural in the art section of the basement. A former student of Windle's, Erika Miller, painted this as their International Baccalaureate project with a few other students in 2019. 
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Walking up the stairs to sophomore hall, students can see the mural of a reef surrounded by jellyfish and other assorted sea creatures. "[The artist] was a student of a former teacher who taught marine biology, her name being Michelle Dumas," Windle said. The student "was getting dual credit with both of us for painting that." 
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - This mermaid mural in the senior hall was done by two students; Anna Tillier, who graduated in 2019, and Dorothy Montgomery Gardes, who graduated in 2018. 
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - Cherry blossom, outside mural: Though many people at Lincoln are sad to see the murals go, Windle welcomes a new perspective. "I always taught students to let go. Nothing is permanent, everything is about letting go," Windle said. 
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: ELENA VALDOVINOS - This piece, known as Winston the Whale, was painted by a street artist named "The Lost Cause" who came to offer a workshop to students.  Each art student got a square space where they could spread their creativity.

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