The Watershed Mural Needs Your Support!

 In Art Discovery, Art in Santa Barbara, Community Learning Projects, Explore Ecology, Science Exploration, Watershed Resource Center
Gorgeous Quilted Panel of the Watershed Mural

Gorgeous Quilted Panel of the Watershed Mural

Mixed media artist Laura Denny had a vision. She wanted to create a quilted mural that incorporated art, environmental education and service learning. The mural would be large- 15 feet and would show water’s long journey from land to sea. Laura wanted the mural to be a community art project.  She also wanted it to be made with gathered objects like sticks, stones, bones, shells, pop tops and items from the Art From Scrap Reuse Store.

On May 15th 2013, Laura Denny’s vision became a reality. In collaboration with Explore Ecology and with the help of over 300 students’ grades 4-6, the Watershed Mural was completed in ten months and recently unveiled at the South Coast Watershed Resource Center (WRC). The mural depicts imagery of the flora and fauna represented in the different local Watershed zones in Santa Barbara: Mountain, Urban, Riparian, Estuary and Ocean. Imagery was painted on fabric strips, drawn on paper and then cut and arranged to create six tapestries each measuring 3’x3′.

Explore Ecology has started its first crowdsourcing campaign on Kickstarter to fund the installation of the mural. $2,500 is needed to pay for photography, printing, and permanent installation of the panels at the WRC for public viewing and on-going student education. Donate Here to ensure that these student artists are honored with a public installation of their work.

This project is funded in part by the Community Arts Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

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