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John MacConnell '07 Creates Mural for Family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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Posted 01.29.10 by mica media relations

John MacConnell '07, Paris (detail), Extreme Makeover: Home EditionWork by John MacConnell '07 (illustration) was featured on an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Jan. 31. He created a mural for one of the members of the Creasey family, which has been struggling as the mother battles stage-four cancer.

MacConnell was commissioned by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to create a very special, very large-scale mural for Britney. The mural, a Parisian skyline, is 9 feet x 34 feet covering, floor to ceiling, three walls, plus an addition panel for the ceiling (not pictured). The mural is available for sale on

"Working for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was truly an exhilarating experience," MacConnell tells MICA. "The show really does take place over a week timeline (assembly in 72 hours), making the sketch-to-finish process a major challenge."

"Although the project was stressful at times, I'm excited to have had the opportunity to work with EMHE to give a family the home of their dreams, and I can't wait to see the expressions on their faces," he continued.

The episode aired -- with guest hosts Jewel and Reese Witherspoon -- on ABC on Jan. 31. View the episode on For more information, visit MacConnell's Web site, here.

Image caption: John MacConnell '07, Paris (detail), 9' x 34' mural, 2009.

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