By Valerie Holt
Posted on 05/03/16, 10:27 am PST
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Community Engaged Art class hung their mural in Boyd Park. Lynn Sondag, Chair of the Art Department, Julia Van Der Ryn, Director of Service Learning, and their students worked with the Downtown Streets Team and the San Rafael Parks and Recreation Department to realize their project. They spent the entire semester creating the 92- by 6-foot mural with the hope to bring the community together.
The mural was spray painted on ten tarp canvases and depicted a combination of different ideas focusing on community. The trees scattered around the mural are meant to represent San Rafael, since there is an abundance of trees in San Rafael. The sunrays are meant to convey a message of hope. Most of the birds in the mural are San Rafael Red-Acorn Woodpeckers and represent community. When a baby Red-Acorn Woodpecker is orphaned, another mother will take it in as its own. The three buildings that were turned into birdhouses in the mural are prominent landmarks in San Rafael: the Mission, the train station, and the Marin Civic Center.
For the installation, scaffolding was rented and assembled along the tennis court where the mural now hangs. Two layers of tarp were hung, one acting as a backing, and the top layer with the finished mural. The entire mural was hung within two hours.
“We had a great time working on the project. The students and team members worked well together, and I hope we came up with something that encourages people to think about their place in the community – and to realize that everyone else deserves a place too,” said Michael Ensign, who is both student of the Community Engaged Art Class and the intern for the project.
A public opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Everyone is welcome.