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Juliana Martinez
Nature's Symphony

Project Area:  Council District 9 Corridors Project Area
Project:  Crossings on 29th Street
Project Location:  824 E. 29th Street
Project Type:  Developer & CRA/LA Initiated


Juliana Martinez has created a magical storybook backdrop for the children's play area of this affordable housing development for families.  The 40 ft. mural was assembled from over three thousand clay and glass pieces to depict a wonderland of bejeweled sunlight, calla lilies, hummingbirds, and butterflies.  Each tile is completely handmade, with the artist inspired by the Arts and Crafts' architectural features and color palette of the development.  Community participation is an important component in the artist's work, with over two hundred students at the adjacent 28th Street Elementary School involved in the fabrication of the central magnolia tree motif.

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28th Street Elementary School student working on a leaf tile for Juliana Martinez' mural.
Detail from Juliana Martinez' Nature's Symphony mural.

Artist Profile

Juliana Martinez is a Los Angeles artist, art educator, and community activist.  She works in collaboration with her husband, artist and architect Nagy Girgis.  Martinez has been featured in the prestigious Gibson GuitarTown project and represented the United States as a gallery artist for the Inauguration of President Fox in Mexico.