Zaragoza Recreation Center

Submitted by Fidencio Duran

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Client: Art in Public Places Program, City of Austin

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 1996

Artwork budget: $15,000

Project Team

Architect

Emily Little, architect

Clayton and Little

Architect

Robert Jackson

Overview

These three panels feature the purposes of the original recreation center established in 1929 by leaders of the predominantly Mexican American community. The original officers contributions are featured on the columns below the history celebrated at the site. It is painted with Acrylics directly on gypsum board. The horizontal panels measures 8' x 24' and the two vertical bridge room panels each measure 25' x 15'.

Goals

The artwork was integrated into this project to feature this historically under served community and recreation center. These panels are the focal point of the facility's interior.

Process

The mural's content was greatly informed by the Advisory Committee of the Zaragoza Recreation Center. I also conducted research at the Austin History Center. The architectural team of Robert Jackson and Emily Little designed the center to accommodate three murals. They also incorporated aspects of my color palette into details in the center.