Solana Beach library mosaic unveiled
On the morning of March 25, local dignitaries, community members and students gathered to witness the historic unveiling of the colorful mosaic mural that now enhances two exterior walls of the Solana Beach Library on Stevens Avenue.
San Diego County Library Director Jose A. Aponte served as master of ceremonies, introducing Pam Slater-Price, chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors, City of Solana Beach Councilmember David W. Roberts, Friends of the Solana Beach Library president Joyce Bassett and Board President for the San Dieguito Union High School District Barbara Groth.
Roberts spoke of the tiled mural as a metaphor for partnership. “Each tiny hand cut tile represents members of the community coming together to make a difference,” he said.
Local resident and professional artist Christie Beniston was on hand to answer questions about the public art project that she undertook with the help of a team that included four local women Michelle Kibby, Michelle Moraga, Kelly Pruden and Kellye Cohen.
The piece showcases the bold graphic designs of Rafael López, internationally renowned for his culturally rich Hispanic inspired art, steeped in symbolism. López was a past recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpre Illustrator Award given by the American Library Association.
Funded by Friends of the Solana Beach Library, individual donors and discretionary funds from the Office of the County Supervisor through Pam Slater-Price, the installation of the mural brings to a close a long held desire by former Friends of the Library president Mary Jane Boyd who several years ago formulated a plan of action to get public art installations at the library.
Combining the skilled fabrication of Chula Vista’s Stanford Sign with a design reflective of a quilt motive and a pattern that suggests a city grid, Beniston successfully melded artistic form with function for the framework.
Working in her home-based studio, not a mile from the library, and with two children who attend Earl Warren Middle School, it was especially fitting that Beniston should be awarded the commission to create the mural, Slater-Price said.
The piece, made up of ten panels, was inspired by the 10 categories of information in the Dewey Decimal system and gives a symbolic nod to the 10 locations that the Solana Beach library has occupied since its inception in 1925, a history that Slater-Price touched upon. It also represents community through an abstraction that illustrates shared pathways, an intersection of information and ideas, thus contributing to the greater good of the community.
“This is our first joint use library and it’s such a huge success. Now the art has given a whole new identity to both the school and the library,” Slater-Price said.
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- DM Library expands with new $250K community room
- Library friends donate funds
- Solana Beach artists start art association
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