The mural in the Swan Station, aka "The Hatch Painting"

The Swan mural by Jack Bender.

The mural, also known as the hatch painting or Swan mural, was a large painting along the wall between the entrance corridor and the living area of the Swan. Painted in an expressionist style by Desmond, (Secrets From the Hatch) it was a mélange of images and writing, many of which may be open to interpretation. The basic elements are identified in the gallery below; detailed interpretations are found on the theories page.


  • Black man with eye scratched out, who appears to be wearing a cassock or other item of clerical clothing
  • Caucasian woman
  • Yellow object and the sign: eye, m, sick (I am sick)
  • Sailing vessel
  • Stick figure people up-side down
  • Arrow
  • Sun
  • Numbers 108 and 42
  • Three Houses
  • Waves
  • Fish
  • Stick figure people right-side up. One of the stick figures is connected with a red line to the numbers. Some of the stick figures are in a section of the mural that is red as opposed to yellow.
  • Moon and starry night. The moon's phase appears to be between waning crescent and last quarter.
  • The Arrow is heading towards 325° and at the left side of the Arrow you can read "Out".
  • A pair of wings behind the man and woman. The left wing (according to the painting) being Black and the right one being White


The mural with overlays from the chalkboard.

External links

Painting displayed in a gallery of Jack Bender's artwork at the Meltdown launch party for Kubrick action figures

  • Yarger Fine Art - To see the mural, click to "Jack Bender" under "Artists". Autographed and unautographed renditions of the "Hatch Painting", either poster or on canvas, are for sale.