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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Department of Community Development Neighborhood Services Bureau and Redevelopment Agency in cooperation with Ninth District Councilmember Val Lerch congratulate artists Steve Elicker, Art Mortimer and Lesa Neal, the volunteer youth artist assistants and Mural and Cultural arts Program staff for creating and producing Coastal Passage.
Youth volunteer artists Mathew Clapham, Jessica Foster, Filiki Hackee and Tina Thorburn joined Mural and Cultural Arts Program artists Reba Diaz Castaneda, Henry Cruz, Jose Loza and former staff member Brooks Davis to bring a vision of the rugged California coast to the north end of the tunnel at Orizaba Avenue that allows pedestrians passage under the 91 freeway.
Coastal Passage joins existing mural Northwest Passage to beautify each end of the formerly stark concrete walls of the tunnel that students from McKinley Elementary use to walk to school. Twelve McKinley students participated in the production of the art project, helping to paint and tile the mural.
The mural projects reinforce the importance that shared community involvement plays in producing public art, which not only enhances the neighborhood but also strengthens the community in the process.
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