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Friday, June 15, 2012

Public Art: Mural Painting class proudly presents: Xeppe, Desert, y la Gente

The Public Art: Mural Painting class proudly presents: Xeppe, Desert, y la Gente
at Prescott College’s Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies
Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico

Please read the interpretive statement below.  To view more photos and learn about the mural project and process, please visit the course blog (maintained by student Sarah Cupka):

Xeppe, Desert, y la Gente
Sea (Comcaac), Desert (English), and the People (Spanish)*

This mural represents the mission and vision of the Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies.  Based on themes of environmental conservation and research, education, and outreach, the mural reflects the cultural and biological diversity of the Midriff Island region, while focusing specifically on priority species and ecosystems, cultural interactions, and complex conservation challenges.

Kino Bay Center Mission Statement: Protecting priority species and habitats through integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation

Kino Bay Center Vision Statement: Promoting and modeling collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges

The mural depicts, from left to right:
Collared Lizards, Crotaphytus dickersonae
Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus
Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus (vertebrae)
American Oyster Catchers, Haematopus palliate
Red Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle
Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens
Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus (blow)
Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus (fluke)
Short-finned Pilot Whale, Globicephala macrorhynchus (dorsal fin)
Brown Pelicans, Pelecanus occidentalis
Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus
Leatherback Sea Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea
Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus
Nudibranchs, Chromodoris norrisi & Elysia diomedea
Manta Ray, Manta birostris
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
Gulf Sun Star, Heliaster kubiniji Xantus
Sierra Mackerel, Scomberomorus sierra
Fishhook Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus wislizeni
Desert Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis nelsoni
Cardon Cactus, Pachycereus pringlei
Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura similis
San Esteban Chuckwalla, Sauromalus varius

The merging of visual elements in the mural is intended to represent the integration and co-creation that is fundamental to the philosophy and practice of the Kino Bay Center.   Our intention is that this mural will have many interpretations; our hope is that it will initiate questions and conversations about relationships amongst the natural environment, culture and community.

Xeppe, Desert, y la Gente was designed and painted by Prescott College’s Public Art: Mural Painting course in May 2012.  Instructor: Julie Comnick; Students: Claire Andreason, Lauren Brule, Celia Chatham, Mara Clifton, Sarah Cupka, Andi DeRivera, Maria Doffing, Audrey Hamann, Chelsea Phillips, and Mikial Tolmosoff

*Interpretive statement will be translated and posted in English, Spanish, and Comcaac (Seri).

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