Word of Life mural receives regular maintenance


Natalie Davis Miller | July 2, 2020

You can’t walk, bike or drive past Notre Dame Stadium and not look up into the outstretched arms of what is fondly known as “Touchdown Jesus” on the south side of the Hesburgh Library. Formally titled “The Word of Life,” the mural depicts Jesus Christ the Apostles, saints and scholars. Visually situated by chance behind and above the north end zone of the stadium, it has been celebrating touchdowns since 1964. And anything half century-plus in age takes a little upkeep from time to time to maintain its stellar appearance. The mural is no exception.

Drone technology allows regular checking of the building and every five to seven years a masonry restoration crew takes a swingstage, the rigging necessary to get up high, to work on all elevations of the Hesburgh Library.

“We’re continually assessing the conditions of our campus building facades including masonry walls, windows, doors, roofs — the building envelope that keeps the buildings warm, safe and dry,” said Anthony Polotto, director of construction and quality assurance. “We are especially mindful of the importance of the Word of Life mural and periodically make inspections and repairs to it.”

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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