The Process

Artist Process in Developing the Retaining Walls

Site specific art was created by sketching the indigenous animals, birds, and plants along the creek trail. Each mural began with hundreds of pounds of clay piled on a 12 foot platform. The drawings for each mural were translated into clay by sculpting details and creating texture while maintaining a 1 ½ inch depth.

Molds were made from the clay and became concrete formliners capturing every detail from the sculpted clay mural. The formliners were shipped to the creek site where concrete walls were poured in place against them. After the concrete set, the molds were stripped away, revealing the murals. The 15 unique murals are each 12 feet long, joined together, repeated, create the retaining walls.

Linda Patterson

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