No, no, no, no…

This giant mural of St. Vincent adorns the west face of DePaul University’s Francis X. McCabe Hall. It can’t be missed if you’re riding north on the Red Line.

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The mural, titled We Are DePaul 2, was created in 2001 via a composite of 16 repeated images of DePaul students and faculty. But it’s not the composition or technical aspects that intrigue me so. No, it’s his chagrinned scowl.

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St. Vincent looms far larger than life over the Wish soccer field, and his disapproval of DePaul’s athletic teams couldn’t be clearer. Every time I pass, I imagine just what he’s thinking as he glares at the minuscule student athletes below:

“No, no, no, don’t pass to him… no, don’t go there… no… wrong… wrong… stop… oh good grief… don’t kick it – now what’re you – now what is that? What do you think you’re – you guys… no, no, no, no, NO. That just won’t do at all.”

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2 thoughts on “No, no, no, no…

  1. I've always seen it as a benevolent smile, not a scowl at all. Anyway, it's fun to hear tourists on weekends as St. Vincent comes into view: "Look! There's the Pope!"

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