Sound wall mural depicting life in the Foothills underway

Artist Miriam Balcazar has been hard at work on a porcelain tile mural on a sound wall between Indiana Avenue and Union Street along the south side of Curran Street in La Cañada Flintridge.

The mural will be almost 90 feet long by 4 feet high and will take about 3 months to complete.

Balcazar, a ceramics teacher for the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, was commissioned by a design company working with the city's Public Works Department to create a 90-foot-long tile mosaic to be installed at the sound wall.

The scene depicts various aspects of Foothills life, from hiking and biking to dog walking and horseback riding. The art piece will embellish an overlap in two sound walls through which pedestrians pass, making it the largest piece of public art in La Cañada, Public Works Director Edward Hitti told the Valley Sun in May.

"The mosaic reflects residents' activities along the trail system in the city," Hitti said. "It is a creative element (intended) to soften the height of the 16-foot-tall wall in the city right-of-way."


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