A friend steered me in the direction of part of the Rail Trail in Santa Fe this week, where he frequently bicycles, taking in a variety of views of the city. Between Siringo Road and St. Michael's Drive along the trail is a work in progress. Not a painted mural but one that is being lovingly made of mosaic tiles, along with other ceramic elements, including clay birds created by 5th grade students at Aspen Magnet School, and studded with gears, sprockets, and other bicycle parts supplied by Mellow Velo. The mosaic is the brain child of mosaic artist Julie Deery, (shown in the image above) and it is a community project in every sense of the word. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate in the project, and with roughly forty linear feet of wall to cover, the more the merrier. Titled "Generations", it already is a fascinating splash of texture and color.
Two panels of concrete block wall are now covered, with mountains of expressions below and the sky above filled with mandalas.
Under the direction of Deery, mosaics and other elements are applied in grout.
Pulling back from the current part of the mural, one can see what passengers will be able to see from the Rail Runner train.
If you are interested in volunteering or know of youth organizations or schools, or other organizations including bicycle groups who would like to participate or contribute, email Julie Deery at [email protected]. Check out her website at artsong.equalarea.com. My plan is to continue photographing this community art project as it progresses. Work will pause after the first frost but begin again in the spring.
Thanks to all of you who wrote this week, including Barbara F. R., TTT, Catherine, Steve, and Christina, and to Robert for keeping his eyes peeled!
until next Monday,
a passion for the image©