11/9/12: Starfinder Celebrates New Mosaic Mural!
On November 9th, 2012, Starfinder proudly presented ¡Golazo!, the beautiful mosaic mural adorning the outside of our building at 4015 Main Street in Manayunk. This sparkling 230-foot-long ode to soccer around the world was a labor of love and creativity by hundreds of our youth over the past two years.
Chris Albright of the Philadelphia Union, along with many other supporters, donors, Board members, and especially Starfinder's youth, were on hand to celebrate the major accomplishment of completing the mural. (Check out this article and images in the Roxborough-Manyunk Patch.)
Acclaimed mosaic artist Baily Cypress tirelessly guided Starfinder through this ambitious project from design through fabrication to installation. Starting in the summer of 2010, she worked with our teens to conceive a design that would work on the long, narrow, shoulder-height ribbon of cement that extends the length of our building. Recognizing the international nature of the game, the multi-national mix of Starfinder’s youth, and influenced in no small part by the World Cup that summer, the group decided to create medallions of the soccer federation logos from around the world.
Large panels highlight World Cup champions; smaller panels celebrate the home countries of many of our youth. Additional panels are dedicated to streetfootballworld, The Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia Independence, and our special program for girls, Soccer Girls Rule. Starfinder’s tag line ties it all together: SOCCER FOR SOCIAL CHANGE…. LEADERSHIP BEYOND THE GAME.
In addition to our youth, many volunteers contributed their time and work on the mural, including groups from KPMG, Janssen, and AIM Academy. Many thanks to all who made this project such a success.