The group said it will fund, create, install and maintain a 15-foot-tall by 8-foot-wide mosaic on the new Marine Safety Center at Moonlight Beach. The artwork would depict ocean life in Encinitas and encompass an entire north-west facing concrete wall.
“The use of art such as this is a profound way of educating the community on the fragility and beauty of our local ecosystems while adding value to Moonlight Beach and the community,” said Bob Nichols, president and founder of Surfing Madonna Oceans Project.
The artistic team consists of Scott Walt, lead artist, and Peggy Sue Florio Zepeda and Mark Patterson. Patterson created the “Surfing Madonna,” which was covertly installed under a railroad bridge across Encinitas Boulevard and later moved to an outside wall of Leucadia Pizzeria.
The artwork was considered graffiti, and Patterson was fined by the city.
The City Council will consider the proposed donation of the new mosaic at its Sept. 28 meeting.
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