Micro to Macro, 2014

12,000 sq/ft mural with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for The Morton McMichael Public School in Mantua, Philadelphia, PA


Since September 2013, artist Ben Volta has worked closely with the school’s 7th grade science and math teachers to develop programming that integrated art into the existing math and science curriculum of each class. Additional afterschool programming with interested middle school students allowed Volta to assemble a group of students to design, paint, and drive the final mural project. By working both in and out of school, Volta was able to reach an average of 50 students weekly with varying levels of participation in the project.


Through this arts-integrated approach, Volta and his students created Micro to Macro, encouraging students to explore the evolution of nature and community. The creation of this mural allowed students and community members alike to connect with the larger world, while highlighting their individual influences.


The mural features a map of the world that on one side morphs into trees, which branch out to images of neurons, then zooms in on DNA, atoms, and finally particles. On the opposite side, the map scales out, providing images of the earth and the larger universe. Each aspect of the mural incorporates drawings directly from, or inspired by the students who participated in the programming.


U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program, funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts:  Collaboration with the Chara Rimpa Project to be presented in Tokyo, Japan during the 2020 Olympic Games.


Small Town Big Art,

Public art in Wailuku,

Maui, Hawaii

Large scale Art Integration mural project for Kensington High School,

with Mural Arts Philadelphia


Thoreau's Ensemble (2019)

Art for Colts Neck Underpass

with Public Art Reston

Reston, Virginia

Parts Per Million (2018)

with Mural Arts Philadelphia

12,000 sq/ft mural created with environmental science and math students at South Philadelphia High School.

Synaptic Garden (2018)

with the Comcast Art Program

Murals for the 39th, 40th, 41st floor of the new Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Neuron Garden (2017)

with Art in Transit

Glass windscreens created with youth for the Crandford Train Station, New Jersey Transit, Crandford, NJ.


Diligence (2017)

with Percent for Art

Interior mural for the Free Library of Philadelphia Tacony Branch.