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Capitola Wall Brightened by New Brighton Students

New Brighton Middle School students turned a plain wall into a piece of art this summer.

If you've driven down Bay Avenue onto Monterey Avenue toward Capitola Village in the last two weeks, you probably noticed a major change across the street from Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park.

The once plain-gray concrete wall on Monterey, stretching from Bay to Park Avenue, is now forest green, with approximately 160 student-painted tiles lining the 60-foot space.

Painted by summer-school students at , under the instruction of Roy Segura, the tiles all depict games or activities that require no batteries, like canoeing, puppeteering, archery and chess.

According to a plaque on the wall, "the artists focused on traditional games and activities that have been passed on through generations and will continue to bring joy to people of all ages."

The Register Pajaronian reports that the artwork, officially titled Capitola Tile Project II, "is the second phase of a City of Capitola tile project generated from the Capitola Arts and Cultural Council. Phase one, installed in 2008, featured hundreds of colorful tiles created by community members that were installed around the base of concrete planters and the sea wall on the Esplanade."

Have you had a chance to check out the new installation yet? Which tiles are your favorites? Tell us in the comments.

Roy Segura September 16, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Thank you for the coverage of the Tile Project. The students, friends, and community members had a great time adding to the painting of the tiles. It was heartwarming to experience the love for the arts from walkers and drivers as I was doing the installation of the tiles. Capitola is a caring, aware community where art thrives. Roy Segura.
Corinne Speckert September 16, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Capitola certainly has an artsy community, with wall paintings in the village and beyond, hidden sculptures found around various neighborhoods, and now we have beautifully painted tiles to really show off our wonderful student contributions. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Tile Project, Roy!

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