Space Shuttle replica.

Space Shuttle Memorial with Squid

Field review by the editors.

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

Address:
152nd St., Whitestone, NY
Directions:
On the east side of 152nd St. just north of 12th Ave.
Admission:
Free
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