Courtesy: Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Collection
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The Water Cycle: Eternal Flow / El Ciclo del Agua: Eterno Manantial

Los Angeles, California

Sonia Romero (http://www.lacountyarts.org/civicart.htm)

Belvedere Park, 4914 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90063
Date:  2008
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Artwork Type:  mural paintings (visual works)
Material:  acrylic paint
Description:  Sonia Romero’s aquatic themed color and graphic paint scheme for Eugene A. Obregon Park Pool brings attention to the importance of fresh water, including its benefits and uses for human kind. Symbols of the water cycle, representations of water gods and protective nymphs from a variety of cultures, and images of swimmers, divers, and other human activities are featured. Paint labor was provided byth from the Los Angeles Conservation Corp (LACC), a program that provides job skills, training, education, and work experience for youth, with an emphasis on service projects that benefit the community. Sonia Romero led a pre-painting workshop with the youth participants to explain the intent of the design and discuss execution techniques.

Sonia Romero’s color and graphic paint scheme also functions as a creative graffiti abatement strategy. If the buildings are tagged in the future, the Department of Parks & Recreation will utilize the artist provided stencils to recreate the design. In this way, the park is empowered to address vandalism with an artistic, proactive approach.

UPDATE: In the summer of 2009 Sonia Romero was commissioned to continue the aquatic themed mural on the adjacent pool house wall. The new mural addition features a waterfall, sail boat, rain cloud, fish, and faucet.

See Sonia Romero, Atlantic Avenue Park PoolSonia Romero, Belvedere Community Regional Park PoolSonia Romero, City Terrace Park Pool

About the Artist: Sonia Romero is currently creating art full-time and exhibiting widely in Southern California and beyond, including her recent self-titled debut solo show at the Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. Public works include a mural commission and award at the Gene Autry Museum and the Metro Neighborhood Poster Award. She received her education at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with an emphasis in printmaking. She is the daughter of renowned artists Nancy and Frank Romero, and the granddaughter of Frank and Edith Wyle, founders of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California.
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