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COMMUNITY A Note From Vista Mayor Judy Ritter I hope you enjoy reading the articles in

this issue about the history of Vista’s beau- tification efforts and our community’s cur- rent vision to brand our city as home to a significant and dynamic collection of pub- lic artwork.Our public art is a very impor- tant component of Vista’s quality of life. Beautification and art are essential to

making Vista a better place to live. Art brings a community together. If you

haven’t explored our beautiful ‘KitesOver Vista’ sculptures or noticed the vibrantmu- rals scattered across town, I encourage you to look for these impressive collections of public art. TheCity of Vista is fortunate to have a

strong Public ArtsCommission that has been promoting art for several years with projects and installations such as theKites Over Vista exhibit. In 2008, theCommis-

sion launched the first exhibit of these large-scale kite in- terpretations by local artists. The 18- month exhibition for the fourth series of kite sculptures is currently on display in downtown Vista. In addition, there is artwork painted

on utility boxes, andmurals on walls, buildings and other surfaces across town that are not only designed to beautify areas, but are also part of an effort to curb graffiti in the city. Some of thesemurals have been around for several years, and many people have probably taken them for granted by now; however, this artwork is changing the face of our community for the better. Graffiti vandals need blank walls to van-

dalize, yet there seems to be an unwritten code of not tagging painted walls or murals as a sign of respect for other artists’ work.Our community is stepping up by taking a negative action and changing it into a positive one by identifying blank walls and transforming theminto works of art. Most of our city’s 25murals capture the

essence of our community. Take for exam- ple, our latestmural project, painted by volunteers along the side wall of the restaurant at 203Main Street. Themural depicts vintage packing labels for avoca- dos, which ties into Vista’s historic agricul- tural roots. Anothermural, painted on the wall along the Sprinter tracks nearMar VistaDrive, displays images of Vista sites such as theKrikorian Theatre, AVOPlay- house, Boomers, theMoonlight Am- phitheatre and theWaveWaterpark. Formore information on Vista public

art, go to theCity’s web site at city- ofvista.comand click onDepartments> Recreation&Community Services> Public Art. In closing, I encourage you to take time

during the holidays to bring the family downtown to shop, dine or stroll through the area to view our community’s public art displays.On behalf of theCityCouncil andCity staff, I wish you and your family aMerryChristmas and a happy and healthyNew Year!


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