Mural For Temple City County Library Unveiled

City-sponsored, student-drawn mural unveiled before Concerts in the Park on Wednesday, July 27.

Written by JANETTE TANG / Published July 29, 2011  

The Temple City county library released its mural on July 27th at 6:00 P.M., a work painted by twenty-some high school students over several weeks.

The students worked on the mural as the library was being renovated. 20 students, ranged from ninth grade to recently graduated, worked on an 8×28 feet fantasy-themed mural. The artwork featured many notable authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Amy Tan, and Ralph Ellison.

The students worked long hours, often with days ranging from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Kimberly Cales, an art teacher at Temple City High School, served as the mural director and supervisor.

This mural was designed by three incoming sophomores, Michelle Tsang, Stephanie Wong, and Winona Zhang. For many students that worked on the mural, it was a great artistic opportunity.

“It was a really rewarding experience,” said Josephine Su, an incoming senior. “I enjoy doing art, and I thought it was really good to work on it for the city.”

Not just only was the mural an invigorating summer project for young artists, it was also an endeavor by the city to improve their aesthetics. The city council funded the project with $10,000.

The supervisor of the project noted the council’s involvement with the creation of the mural.

“They noticed that every amazing city has public art, which is the direction that we would like to see TC go in,” said Cales. “It’s important to be involved in what you believe in.”

This mural is just the first of many other projects. It was painted on removable panels, so other murals could be displayed on the walls as well.

The city of Temple City contributed $10,000 towards the project, which was led by Councilman Carl Blum and Fernando Vizcarra.

The unveiling took place shortly before the debut of Wednesday’s Concert in the Park.

For more information on the mural project and future art projects, contact City Hall at 626-285-2171.

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