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February 26, 2013 > Station Center Mural completed

Station Center Mural completed

Submitted By City of Union City

Artist Mona Caron has completed her work on the mural at MidPen's Station Center housing development (http://tinyurl.com/cqrbowv). The finishing touches to the fiddleneck flower are the community-inspired vignettes and messages of welcome that "root" the flower at its base. The vignettes and words of welcome are the result of a public workshop that was held in November 2012.

The roots of the flower display "welcome" in several different languages, and the two vignettes depict Union City's agrarian and industrial past and a vision for the neighborhood's future. These words of welcome and the detailed depictions were brought to life by the artist's close work with the residents in the community workshop and during its final production.

Children suggested including greetings or welcoming words in every language spoken at Station Center. In the words of Elias, a well-spoken 9-year-old son of a Moroccan couple, "everyone here has roots in different parts of the world, and together we grow and blossom as a community." The images in the vignettes came from discussions with the residents, especially the vision of what could be in the future.

The initial brainstorm for the future fantasy came from the residents wishing for sensible practicalities, such as a grocery store in close proximity. When several recent immigrants expanded on this desire and described an open farmers' market, the artist interpreted these ideas to reflect the real memory and longing for a vibrant, interactive public space for adults. Alternatively, the kids wanted a lake, a soccer field, and other fun details. But every age group agreed on one thing: a pedestrian bridge leading directly to BART from the east side. These detailed depictions can be seen at the base of the flower located at Station Center, 34888 11th Street.

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