More tile mosaic public art comes to Aptos! Over the past couple of years, beautiful tile mosaics have begun popping up on the walls of Aptos Junior High. Soon, if all goes according to plan, these tile mosaics will find their way into new public spaces in Aptos, starting with a cinder block wall across the street from Mar Vista Elementary School on Soquel Drive.
These colorful mosaic art projects are being spearheaded by Aptos Junior High art teacher Susan Megorden, who has worked at Pajaro Valley Schools for 33 years, 16 of those at Aptos Junior High. Megorden runs an after-school Public Art Club, and club members, totaling some 25 in all, are credited with creating more than half a dozen mosaics thus far at the school. They’re running out of wall space at the Junior High, and are ready to take on new territory.
The cinder block wall in question has been tagged with graffiti numerous times in recent years. Neighborhood resident Denise Elerick has for years been working diligently to keep the graffiti off the wall. Having seen the beautiful mosaics produced by the Public Art Club, she had the idea to ask the county to allow a mosaic to be installed on the wall at the foot of the road leading to Vienna Woods.
According to teacher Megorden, “Mosaics like these tend not to be vandalized or tagged with graffiti.” She went on to say, “We hope to make everyone feel this is their community by having ownership of it. We’re trying to build community through art.”
The plan is to cover the wall with a 4×20 foot mosaic design of wild flowers on a grassy field. That’s a lot of mosaic, and it won’t come cheaply. Megorden estimates that the club will need to raise over $1,000 to pay for the supplies. To raise money for the project, a GoFundMe campaign has been started.
The current plan calls to install the mosaic on the wall on April 9th and 10th. Volunteers are welcome to help with the project – many hands will make light work. The work hours will be between 10 AM and 1 PM.
The hope is that this mosaic will be the first of many, that this will be a recurring project for Aptos art students for years to come. Any funds raised in excess of what is necessary for this year’s project will be rolled into subsequent projects for the Aptos Junior High Public Art Club.