THE COLORS ORANGE, GREEN AND WHITE
Behind them is a fruit-bearing orange tree, not only as a symbol of fruitful endeavor but the inspiration for the colors of the University, orange and green. Old Florida used to have a lot of scrub pines, Sable Palmettos and Oaks before the palm trees, orange trees and Banyans claimed their existence. In this picture we see all native plants. In the middle stands the “Cardboard College,” a converted hotel where people studied while waiting for the Merrick building to be finished. Hurricanes had left plans idle for decades. The building was called “The Skeleton,” until 1950 when the building’s foundation was used to construct the School of Business as it stands today.In the sky is the Ibis, mascot of the university. The horizon of Planet Earth is made visible and stretches over the whole wall not only to connect the old and the new campus but also to emphasize the global importance of The University of Miami.
On the right we see a crowd, which represents all the students throughout the school’s existence – the alumni. People are dressed in different styles following the trends of the decades and are of all races, genders and cultures. The University now is not only one building, but many different buildings in different places. The Richter Library in the middle is the only common place where everyone has been at least once, and therefore, it is shown in the center. In the right corner is the internationally recognized Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Key Biscayne. The foliage is abundant and now includes many exotic species. Shown in the picture are palm trees, Birds of Paradise, Gumbo Limbo, Fan Palms and ginger. The Key of Knowledge is hidden somewhere. Try to find it.