Student art mural to adorn Sam Hicks Park structure celebrating fall


TEMECULA, CA – A temporary mural installation created by students is coming to Sam Hicks Monument Park, the City of Temecula shared in a recent press release. The theme honors fall colors and the fall equinox for 2022.

The City of Temecula, Community Services Department and Temecula Valley Museum announced the Student Mural Project which supports emerging artists by providing a space to showcase their art. The Mural Project encourages student artists to work together and paint a mural on a variety of subjects. The project is facilitated by Bigfoot Graphics and students from the Clarissa Creative Foundation.

In September and October we celebrate the Autumn Equinox with Fall Colors with a mural created by students from schools across the valley including Evan Tovar (17), Susan H. Nelson, Ava Schroeder (16) and Kayleen Castillo (14) of Chaparral High School; Allie Lindley (14) of Temecula Valley High School; Camille Gallup (12) from Dorothy McElhinney Middle School; Savriel Aquino (12) from Temecula Preparatory School; Mia Flores (13) and Kyla Alvarez (14) of the National Art Honor Society of Temecula Preparatory School; and Abby Lee (12) from Day Middle School.

This mural depicts Temecula’s fall colors with hot air balloons floating in the cool fall air, a city spokesperson wrote.

Artistically speaking, the autumnal equinox is ideal for an autumn mural. The equinox occurs when the Sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length and one of two points in the sky where the ecliptic (the annual path of the Sun) and l celestial equator intersect.

In the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox falls around September 22 or 23, as the sun crosses the celestial equator in a southerly direction. According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the autumnal equinox also marks the beginning of autumn, which lasts until the winter solstice on December 21 or 22 in the northern hemisphere.

Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn commented on the project and what it represents.

“The city of Temecula celebrates the changing of the seasons with this mural,” Rahn said. “Students at the Clarissa Creative Foundation are to be commended for creating this vibrant mural depicting fall in a way unique to Temecula.”

Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Zak Schwank agreed.

“As the Clarissa Creative Foundation offers a tuition-free visual arts program for young people who are economically or socially disadvantaged, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to provide this creative outlet that allows their students to showcase their talent in a public forum. ”

The mural is now on display at Sam Hicks Monument Park. The museum will also be celebrating the fall equinox through free facts and crafts in the museum’s Art and Education room. All are welcome to come learn and create.

For more information, please call (951) 694-6450.


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