It incorporates both mosaic and painted sections, wrapping around an entire entryway, covering sections of wall on each side of the school’s front doors, as well as the large adjacent wall. Then it continues around the corner on a low retaining wall that stretches approximately 80 feet in front of the school, facing the street!
It’s also kind of epic in scope, including a fairly detailed (and accurate!) topographical map of the world, the phases of the moon, and visual perspectives starting from our school building and expanding into the surrounding neighborhood, Oakland, and the wider Bay Area. It pinpoints our location on the world map, and indicates with general arrows the many global origins of the school population. The low front mosaic gradually moves from the sun/daylight on the left side, into darker blues and nighttime on the right with stars and a moon. Within the mosaic sections are tiles representing landmarks and animals of the different continents. Whew, we packed a lot of themes in there, with the one overarching theme that we all belong right here.
Two first grade classes created many tiles for this mural, and also helped with the early painting sections and some of the mosaic. In addition, a class of kindergarteners got in on the effort by sorting tiles, 4th and 5th grade students helped with labeling the large map of the world, and many community members spent a Saturday sitting on the grass adding tile pieces to the retaining wall mosaic in front.
My family played a big part, as well as quite a few family friends. It was truly ALL HANDS ART in action! Special acknowledgment goes to my daugher Elena Ramos, and to Veronica Flores who volunteered many hours of skilled painting.