BRENTWOOD -- A group of Liberty High School seniors will beautify a major downtown thoroughfare this spring by installing a mosaic mural on an unattractive sound wall.
Members of Liberty High's Public Art and Design Academy presented three design concepts for the public art project to the Brentwood City Council this week. The council voted for the student artists to create a mural featuring vibrantly colored sunflowers that are reminiscent of artist Vincent van Gogh and the Post-Impressionist period.
The mural, which is set to be located at Second Street and Brentwood Boulevard, will also feature the city's motto, which is "Heritage, Vision and Opportunity." The students explained that sunflowers are a symbol of opportunity and they reflect the city's agricultural roots.
"Having the pride of ownership in participating in a project like this strengthens and richens our entire community," Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant said.
The other two design proposals featured an oak tree and a modern, abstract concept that combined imagery with the city's motto. The finished mural will be waterproof and both scratch- and frost-resistant.
"It is truly amazing what our students can do with that wall," Councilman Gene Clare said. "We would be proud to have any one of them (designs) on our wall in the city."
City officials estimate that more than 15,000 cars pass by the 500-foot wall daily and is seen by hundreds of students, residents and pedestrians. It is next to Liberty Adult Education and across the street from the Safeway shopping center.
Council members noted that the sunflowers' vibrant colors will help lead visitors into downtown, where Liberty High students painted five utility boxes with pop-art images of locally grown produce. In 2012, the academy completed an aquatic-themed mural inside a tunnel near King Park off Sand Creek Road.
"You guys never cease to amaze me," Councilman Steve Barr said.
Funding for the project, which includes anti-graffiti coating, will come from the city's public art fund. The students will paint the remainder of the wall that will not be covered in mosaics for a consistent design on the entire surface.
"You guys are going to make it into something nice. It is an ugly wall," Mayor Bob Taylor said. "This will be gorgeous. People will love this."
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