Get it off your chest by painting a brick at ‘Writing on the Wall'


Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 5:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 5:23 p.m.

Sing the blues, talk to friends, paint a brick and get it off your chest.

All this week, the Writing on the Wall Project has offered University of Florida students the chance to paint on a brick a phrase that has been hurtful to them. Friday is the last day to paint a brick.

Then a wall will be constructed out of the bricks, about 360 in all, that will stand 9 feet tall and 40 feet long in the Plaza of the Americas until the afternoon of Jan. 29, when it will be torn down.

One brick says “I'll pay,” according to Padma Chamarthy, director of the project. The woman who painted it was referring to how her brother said he would pay for her abortion.

Writing on the Wall has taken place on campus for the past eight years and grows every year, Chamarthy said.

Chamarthy, a 21-year-old senior finance major, said she thought the project was cool her freshman and sophomore years at UF; she got involved in her junior year as closing ceremonies director.

The project is a annually staged by the Inter Residence Hall Association. The bricks are purchased from Allen Spear, a local contractor. Funding for the project comes from the IRHA budget, which is funded by Student Government.

“I like that you can write what you want on the brick,” Chamarthy said. The messages are not censored for content, but personal attacks are not allowed.

Between 200 and 300 people came out for tear-down last year, Chamarthy said. She likes that the wall has become a UF tradition. A huge construction project in the heart of campus.

“It's kind of hard to ignore a wall,” she said.

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