School Murals Depict Written Word

The history of the written word is being showcased at Topeka High School’s library through four murals thanks to an anonymous graduate who commissioned the artwork.

The paintings by Kansas artist Mark Flickinger are valued at $96,000.

The murals begin with the ancient scripts, including Sumerian figures carving cuneiform and ancient Egyptians making hieroglyphics. The second panel shows medieval scribes and the transition from scribes to the printing press.

The third depicts the written word through the ages of enlightenment, industry and progress in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The final panel illustrates the digital age, with a girl’s face illuminated by a technological device.

The art will be unveiled to the public on Wednesday night.


Associated Press nformation from: The Topeka Capital-Journal