MIRA MESA COMMUNITY PARK SCULPTURE

As a Teaching Artist for The AjA Project, an arts and social justice-focused nonprofit, I am working on the design and community engagement for a new sculpture is planned for Mira Mesa Community Park in San Diego, California.

The steel sculpture will serve as a shaded festival stage, a picnic area, a location for events and classes, and a beautiful space for all to enjoy.

A mural representing Mira Mesa’s rich cultural diversity, wildlife, and history will be cut out of the steel structure. With the sun and moon shining through its cutout silhouettes, the amphitheater-like sculpture will illuminate Mira Mesa’s past, present, and future.

Maximizing diverse community involvement, my team and I organized the following:

 

Mira Mesa Community Art Teen Fellowship - a week-long paid fellowship for 7 local Mira Mesa teens to learn about public art and participate in the design process. 

Mira Mesa Community Art Week - a series of free public talks, a stargazing meetup in Mira Mesa Community Park, and a cyanotype print making workshop with old photographs, memorabilia, and found park flora.

Currently, we are synthesizing the input into the final design, to be constructed in 2022.

https://www.sandiego.gov/blog/artist-open-house-mira-mesa-community-park

Collaborators:

Kate Clark, lead artist of Parkeology

Beto Soto

Maria Rios-Mathioudakis

Winter Smiley

Rizzhel Javier

The AjA Project

Mira Mesa Playground 1985. Photo by Sharon and Mac McCollum

Mira Mesa Playground 1985. Photo by Sharon and Mac McCollum

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Mira Mesa Community Art Teen Fellows create cyanotype prints with old photographs and leaves found in the park.

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Mira Mesa Community Art Teen Fellows stargaze with local astronomers in the suburban Mira Mesa Community Park.