Encinitas Approves Art to Adorn Underpass

Loren Sanders
Loren Sanders
Published on June 27, 2018
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Residents of Encinitas can celebrate local art and creativity as the beach city has commissioned multiple panels of mosaic murals to beautify the underpasses of Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard. The Coast News Group reported that the mosaics of Santa Fe Drive will include 53 panels conceived by local high school students and professional artists and that the project will cost $37,100 or 700 dollars per panel. Encinitas Boulevard’s four “anchor walls” will be decorated to a tune of $155,467. The murals are expected to be completed, along with some structural enhancements to the underpasses by the year 2019. The city’s Arts Commission is evaluating concept submissions and will further their final recommendations to the City Council. The entire project has found both emotional and practical support among council members who unanimously approved the idea. Councilman Tony Kranz commented, “The idea of making this art about people was pretty important”, reflecting on the legacy it provides participating students with. San Dieguito High School art teacher Jeremy Wright, who is in charge of organizing the student artists added, “We have the potential to create something iconic.” All hope that the roadworks project will do more than beautify Encinitas. They hope it will inspire those living there as well.

 

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