kiosk at the Richmond Art Center BART station in Richmond, California.
Dedicated to children, it was decorated with artworks made by
elementary students from Grant School. They created self portraits
in clay, ink drawings, collage, and poems under the artist's direction
collaborating with Kemit Amenophis, poet Rafael Gonzales and photographer
Ruth Morgan. Adjacent to the kiosk, two large planter boxes were
decorated with ceramic tiles of local flora and fauna, made by
250 students under the supervision of Erica Clarke Shaw.
years of abuse, the masks were removed, repaired and reinstalled
in the Harbor Way community garden in Richmond. The reinstalled
Survivors Mural reflects
the children of the community, especially those who have withstood
trauma and survived. In keeping with the original idea of "Celebrating
Children", the colorful, individualistic and imaginative
ceramic portraits were installed in this safe space that symbolizes
growth, hope and survival. The masks then become survivors.
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