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Community joins to create SCV mosaic

Public invited to help complete the public art project next weekend

Posted: April 28, 2014 7:28 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2014 7:28 p.m.

A close-up of shards of tile plastered on a mosaic on the Creekside Road bike trail in Santa Clarita. Volunteer are invited to join in round two of the project next weekend. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo

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Shards of red, orange and yellow tile lined a 40-foot-long mural on the bike trail that parallels Creekside Road on Monday, forming a shining sun setting over green fields with blooming flowers — a community’s hopeful reflection of itself.

More than 200 people from throughout the community helped create the mural last weekend — but those who missed the opportunity will get another chance this weekend.

The mural, funded through a $4,000 grant from the city of Santa Clarita, is intended as a community engagement project to add more art to the city.

“It was a total community effort,” said Bob Hernandez, president and founder of The ARTree Community Arts Center, which won the grant from the city. “A lot of the bikers and people walking by stopped to help us.”

The tile was donated by interested individuals and by Southern California Tile & Home Center, located in Newhall.

The event is perfect for those who might feel intimidated at creating public art work, said Dianne Foderaro, vice president of The ARTree and the grant writer for the project.

“Adding a few pieces of tile to a mosaic is not threatening,” Foderaro said. “If you can get them to do two or three (tiles), suddenly, they’ll do a dozen.”

Shelly Mussenden, artist and designer of the mosaic, said she expects it to be completed this coming weekend.
Hernandez asked Mussenden to design the mosaic after she attended several ARTree meetings. She produced the original drawings for the mural.

Anyone is welcome to contribute Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., when Mussenden and volunteers will complete the project.

“No artistic talent is necessary,” Foderaro said. “Spend 10 minutes or spend an hour. We want everyone.”




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