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play hand/dodge-ball murals

These back-to-back murals at Kester Elementary in Van Nuys, CA are meant to motivate kids to play sports, as children do not get enough exercise these days. The design does this through bold colors and strong geometries.

These murals are designed in a few colors, as Ioana was supervising both this and the painting of the more complex Storybook Mural at the exact same time. Darker colors are used on the north facing side, and lighter colors on the south facing side.

The paintings had to incorporate the horizontal half-line and the three lower boxes that were already there.

The original designs, referencing the history of the handball sport and the Olympics, were simplified upon the school’s request. The handballs were also changed to dodgeballs, since the kids play a mixture of the sports.

As the kids love the colorful surfaces, they play on them quite a lot, and if you go there you will see two very dirty murals!

INTERESTING FACT
Right before Ioana was done painting/finishing them, the school threw out the ladder she had been using, as it was deemed unstable. This made trying to reach the very top with a shorter ladder finally, certifiably dangerous!

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DIMENSIONS
16’ wide x 12’ tall (x2 sides)

LOCATION
Van Nuys (LA), CA
Kester Elementary School

COMMISSIONING AGENCY
L.A. Works

WORK/CREDITS
Design, Drawing, Creating (Mixing) Paint Colors, Supervising/ Instructing Volunteers, Finishing Paint Coat/ Details:
Ioana Urma

First Paint Coat (“Color-by-Number”):
UCLA students

DATE
2009