From time to time, Beta Bridge is rather somber. Today is one of those occasions, with a memorial to the student who recently died on the east side:
Her friends wrote personal messages all over the painting:
It seems like her personality really resonated with people to give a strong, coherent idea that she was a shining light (hence the main painting with the sun):
Additionally, a lot of comments about her smile:
Some messages were longer:
And some were short:
There were so many messages I can begin to post them all, this is just a small sampling. The painters even left materials behind for anyone to write a message:
There were also lots of other decorations, like this:
Despite all the messages about angels and souls living on forever, the west side has a message from atheists in the university community (completely unrelated to the Casey painting):
How do atheists celebrate the holidays? The same as everyone else, with trees and candles and spiked egg drinks — they just enjoy it with friends and family and leave out the part about talking to the clouds.
Also around the university today are some huge black banners put up by the 7 Society. This one is right next to Beta Bridge:
Here’s another one at Alderman Library:
Here’s a UVA news story explaining the meaning of the banners, including the letter from the 7 Society.
To end on a lighter note, Poe is getting in the holiday spirit as the atheists advise: