At a fundamental level, the mural design seeks to inspire with beauty while layered with visual elements that invite contemplation. Water is an ancient symbol for life and it is considered one of the two feminine elements. Water is essential for human existence, closely associated with creation and it can be a source of great power or destruction. In many cultures, an umbrella represents shelter against obstacles and suffering. Based on its enduring design, an umbrella also represents a form of protection largely unaffected by technology.
The book suggests the role that education and knowledge should play in making informed decisions as an individual and in a democracy. In recent decades, the origami crane has evolved into a multi-cultural symbol for hope and peace that originated with a child. The model for the origami crane was created by the artist's son and his son also helped with the painting of this mural. The Susan B. Anthony coin was minted to commemorate a leader in this country during the political struggle for a woman’s right to vote and an end to slavery.
The model for the watercolor, Without Reason, was Hunter's primary assistant on Below the Surface.