More About the Napa Community Quake Mosaic
PULSE: The Cycle of Destruction + Creation in Napa Valley
The last 150 million years of geological violence and change has created what we know today as the Napa Valley, and resulted in the unique, rich soil diversity that produces some of the world’s most sought after wine. There are more than 100 soil variations in this small valley, as many as in the entire country of France. Our valley was formed by millions of years of tectonic plate movement, volcanic activity, flooding and erosion, forces all combining to produce a fertile mixture of alluvial soil. The earthquake on August 24, 2014 that was centered in South Napa and measured 6.1 on the Richter scale was only the most recent in this long history.
The basic design will resemble a rectangular ‘core sample’ of the earth, sitting on top of the ground, composed of horizontal bands of various sizes, shapes and colors. These long bands of mosaicked material will be organized by color and texture, inspired by the earth’s underground layers of strata. In addition to the broad horizontal bands of color, the design will incorporate small figurative elements such as roots, animals, shells, insects and other items . There will also be a ring pattern based on an aerial view of the 8/14 earthquake center and aftershocks.
After the mosaic is complete, we plan to create a roof garden on the top of the rail car and landscape the exterior area.
The mosaic will be installed on a rail car donated by the Napa Valley Wine Train and placed near Soscol Street below Vallejo Street in downtown Napa at the Southern Gateway of the newly formed Rail Arts District, or ‘RAD Napa’. The property where the rail car will be placed is owned by the Napa Valley Wine Train and is adjacent to a future section of the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
Most of the mosaic will be created off site at Nimbus Arts, who will host community work days and studio space for the artist team to work. When ready, it will be moved in sections to the car for final installation.
The Napa Community Quake Mosaic will:
- Offer therapeutic reflection opportunity for the community in aftermath of earthquake;
- Explore the connection between communities that experience trauma (in this case natural disaster) and the arts: how art making and exhibition supports emotional healing as communities rebuild;
- Improve the experience for users of the space, including: residents, NV Vine Trail users and NV Wine Train guests resulting in increased usage and area awareness;
- Offer a simple, clean and relevant design that is easily understandable and experienced;
- Create safe, restorative public build opportunities for the community;
- Document residents’ experience and specific donation information;
- Provide opportunities for students interested in learning about public art construction and process.