Fantastic Food Garden Mural at Westgate Park
The Fantastic Food Garden Mural includes imagery of flowers, fruits, vegetables, honeybees and monarch butterflies. The leaf-shaped clouds are symbolic of the water that evaporates from leaves, forms rain clouds, falls in the form of raindrops, nourishes our soil, and grows our food. My objective was to express the interconnectedness of nature, and the correlation between health and happiness. Through the process of painting this mural, I felt my own connection to this neighborhood grow stronger each day. The mural is located at 455 S Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204.
The racquetball wall before my work began.
The mural shown on the wall was painted by Aaron Grover in 2011.
My job was to extend his design and paint a food garden to cover the whole wall.
The finished Fantastic Food Garden Mural, July 11, 2016.
Here are photos showing the progress of the mural from start to finish:
Danielle applying the primer on the concrete wall, June 12, 2016.
Celebrating the primer being applied with volunteers Bob Waddell and John Mitchell, June 12, 2016.
Danielle after the sketch was completed, June 16, 2016.
First day of adding paint to the sketch, June 17, 2016.
Friends and volunteers came out to assist the project:
Alissa helping out with the flowers. Dowler helping with the lettering.
Vicki painting the flowers. Susan working on and around the jam jar, grapes and greenery.
Marissa working on the flowers. Gabe helped with the canteloupe, the pumpkin and the greenery.
Danielle working on the strawberries.
Community children came out on July 7 to add their handprints to the mural!
Danielle helping a little girl with her handprint.
Antonio Combs, the director of the Westgate Summer Program, helped organize the handprint day.
He contributed with his own handrprint on the mural :)
The community gathering around Patti Von Niessen, celebrating the mural at the dedication, July 12, 2016.
Danielle Poling at the mural dedication, July 12, 2016.
As an art educator, it's part of my job to teach a multitude of techniques. My experience employing a wide range of styles came in handy with this mural. I painted flowers in one way, then painted butterflies in another. As well, my smeary and abstract landscapes that I was painting 8 years ago helped inform how I would fill in the green-space. My pencil drawings of children informed my painting of the hungarian partridge, the bird I added to the mural after seeing it walking around Westgate Park. And the day of children's handprints was perfectly aligned with my elementary classroom teaching experience. What a fun project! Thank you Summer Jam and the City of Columbus for the opportunity!!!