Giver of Water, Essence of Life, 2015

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Water Guardian

Giver of Water, Essence of Life
Summer 2015

Mural Imagery and Narrative
The female figure is a guardian of water, an element which is vital to our New Mexico landscape, agriculture traditions, and life itself.  The olla she holds is painted with a design based on pre-historic Tularosa patterns.  She is metaphorically the source of water, creating the Rio Grande to her right and the Bosque pond to her left.  A great blue heron wades next to her, surrounded by Johnson grass and regional spring flowers.  The water pouring from the olla includes native fish such as rainbow trout, brown trout, catfish, silvery minnow, and widemouth bass.  Embedded in the fields of the background are patterns made by pressing blossoms, seeds, and harvested crops into wet clay.  The acequias span the valleys like veins, bringing the life-giving water into our lands.  In the distance is the Albuquerque skyline, with the Sandia Mountains in the background.  This mural is meant to honor water and our connection to this life-giving resource.

Apprentice Artists
Fatai Anderson                Helen Atkins       
Adriana Barela                 Jordyn Bernicke
Jordan Caldwell               Victoria Cereceres
Larissa Chavez                 Isabella del Frate
McKenzie Jones               Tori Lucero
Shundiin Nakai                Jorge Perez
Tiffany Torres                 Alexandra Trujillo

Lead Apprentices
Will Geusz, James Long, & Staci Drangmeister

Lead Artists
Vanessa Alvarado, Margarita Paz-Pedro, & Cassandra Reid

Special Thanks to
Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Clay, & La Academia de Esperanza       

This project was funded by
New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps, City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, & Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation

The Mayor’s Art Summer Institute
Presented by the Harwood Art Center of Escuela del Sol