Mark R. Bailey Vice President | Communications, Marketing and Public Relations P I T Z E R C O L L Pitzer College
"Bridges Of Change" came about when I was asked by the Art department there to create a workshop that would result in a mural to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pitzer College, one of the newest Colleges in the Claremont College Consortium.
The goal was to create a Wall design, integrated with the natural landscape, that would reflect the dynamics of the School in its present state, and somehow reflect the past, the history of the Institution, and project a vision for the future of the school through imagery, color, and implied narrative.
I came to the school about 6 months before the project started, while in Los Angeles for an exhibition, and was able to meet with the various departments that make up the school itself. I was able to see the site and meet with key people on the staff of the Institution, to get an informed understanding of the vision and focus of the College. From this research, I spent a few months putting together a design that was warmly welcomed and returned to work with the students and professor involved in a public art class at the college to implement the creation of the piece.
The imagery in the mural reflects the history of the location of the College, built on land that was once orange plantations, and the Educational focus that has a strong emphasis on international exchange, especially to mountainous regions around the globe. I found that several of the exchange locations were close to active volcanoes, and this concept entered my Design. As I was painting the mural, I searched for an image online to accurately describe one of the volcanoes depicted in Ecuador, and it had erupted that very same day.
Pitzer College Mural
Artist Paul Santoleri commemorates the 50th anniversary of the institution's founding.
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