New neighborhood built mosaic mural


by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE News and photojournalists DATHAN HULL and ERIN COKER

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Posted on June 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 11:13 PM


AUSTIN-- In a place celebrated more for its pool there is now a bigger purpose -- a mosaic mural that an entire neighborhood built by hand.

“Initially it was going to be a small itty bitty project,” said artist Holli Brown. Brown and artist Pascal Simon designed the project for Shipe Park.

“It's kind of a combination of wanting it to be strong as a large piece, but also when you get up really close,” she said.

This was no small feat. People from around Hyde Park pitched in during community workshops.

“We would work in our studios we would work on mesh and we would lay out each section on paper put mesh on it draw it all out and then we would start our gluing of the tile,” said Brown. “All these hours of these little kids, grandmas putting up these pieces.”

Seven thousand tiles cover the 600 square foot wall creating an intricate image of a day in the park.

“It's amazing to see it come to life in this scale,” said Adam Wilson, the Griffin school director where many of those community workshops were held.

For Wilson this is more about preserving a special place for families, a park that was in danger of losing its pool two years ago.

“Our mural is just a reflection of the value we have on our pool and our park,” he said.

It took two and a half years and $42,000 dollars to piece together this mural and this week Brown helped install the final tile.

“It's been really special to be a part of something so big,” Brown said.

This time of year families may come to Shipe Park for the water, the hope now, is they’ll come back because of the art.