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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.”




Carlitos: Posted: April 29, 2014 7:49 a.m.

Junk, trans imagined to art - must be city funded.
Its still junk.

chefgirl358: Posted: April 29, 2014 8:50 a.m.

Carlitos, it is not junk! I think it looks pretty and it's a nice beautification project.

chefgirl358: Posted: April 29, 2014 8:51 a.m.

It's certainly a million times better than the ugly crap the city has purchased as "art" like the bug and their initial roundabout ideas among other poor choices. I really like this mosaic.

lars1: Posted: April 29, 2014 9:04 a.m.

maybe the city can construct a wall around the pos on soledad.
its disgusting,%20Santa%20Clarita,%20California

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: April 29, 2014 12:25 p.m.

I kinda like this.

OldReliable: Posted: April 29, 2014 1:24 p.m.

I am naysaying and grumbling...

ricketzz: Posted: April 30, 2014 6:46 a.m.

lars1; I'd prefer the city stay away from toxic waste. If you don't know what you are doing you can make the problem worse. Your quarrel is with Boeing or whoever ended up with Whitaker, not the sewing circle in city hall.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: April 30, 2014 2:31 p.m.

I like it. Way better than the alternative (gang graffiti).

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