It's been a project several months in the making, a collaboration between NBC 7 San Diego, Westfield Horton Plaza, Launch Live Art and The Monarch School. Resulting in the nearly 90' long, hand-painted mural on the corner of Broadway Circle and Broadway, Downtown.
Monarch Butterflies, the student lead artists on the' Home Is Where the Art Is' Mural Project.
NBC 7 and Westfield Horton Plaza collaborated with a local team of artists, Launch Live Art, and engaged the talents of students at the Monarch School, which is dedicated to students who are impacted by homelessness. The mural was designed to represent, “The power of imagination and the limitless potential of the young artists,” according to Launch Live Artist Clarione Guiterrez. The project has been named, “Home Is Where the Art Is,” a fitting title as the students at The Monarch School share the incredible challenge of being homeless.
The artistic process included all the kids at Monarch, from K-12. It started with concept brainstorming and sketches in the Launch Live Art Studios.
The students at the Monarch School spent weeks visiting the Launch Live Art Studio working section by section on the mural.
The "Home is Where The Art Is" engaged all the students at the Monarch School, from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Greg Bledsoe, behind the camera, capturing Launch Live Artist, Stephen Fishwick, delivering a message to the Monarch students before showing them the finished mural
The Monarch students rounding the corner, getting a first glimpse of the completed, installed mural on the corner of Broadway and Broadway Circle.
Launch Live Art's Clarione Guiterrez (foreground) smiles big as the Monarch students tour the expansive 90' long mural.
Students getting the first look at the section of the mural that describes the project and features pictures of all the students involved in the process.
The mural features hand painted representations of San Diego's most celebrated places including, The Coronado Brodge; Mission Bay Park, Qualcomm Stadium, PETCO Park, the USS Midway and much more. The wispy, colorful feathers that flow throughout the piece represent the many directions our dreams can fly and the diversity within our community.
The lead student artist team pictured here with gifts from their Launch Live Art mentors, paintings of favorite wild animals.
The Launch Live Art team and Monarch School's lead student artists in 'ready for anything' stance!
Construction is slated to be completed in Spring 2014, at which time the mural panels will be auctioned off individually to benefit The Monarch School.