Space Shuttle replica.

Space Shuttle Memorial with Squid

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Whitestone, New York

Outside P.S. 193 is a relatively well-made miniature space shuttle model dedicated to the astronauts lost in the 1986 Challenger disaster. After the 2003 Columbia disaster, a plaque was added with the names of its astronauts as well.

In an odd juxtaposition, the Shuttle angles heavenward in front of a mural, also from 2003, by Karen Fitzgerald (with student ideas), titled "Discovery of Dreams." Supposedly based on poetry by Mary Oliver and Richard Lewis, it features a floating squid and electrical plug, sharing space with another Shuttle and the butt-end view of a dinosaur, all superimposed over what appears to be a giant snail with the head of a tropical Toucan bird.

The trippy mural was painted to celebrate the school's 50th birthday.

Space Shuttle Memorial with Squid

152nd St., Whitestone, NY
On the east side of 152nd St. just north of 12th Ave.
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