The Water Cycle: Eternal Flow / El Ciclo del Agua: Eterno Manantial
- Sonia Romero
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- Acrylic paint, flexible plastic stencils
- 2 ft.x 224 ft.* (0.6 x 68.3 m)
- Parks and Recreation
Atlantic Avenue Park
570 South Atlantic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Paint labor was provided by youth from the Los Angeles Conservation Corp (LACC), a program that provides job skills, training, education, and work experience for youth, with an emphasis on service projects that benefit the community. Sonia Romero led a pre-painting workshop with the youth participants to explain the intent of the design and discuss execution techniques.
Sonia Romero's color and graphic paint scheme also functions as a creative graffiti abatement strategy. If the buildings are tagged in the future, the Department of Parks & Recreation can use stencils provided by the artist to recreate the design. In this way, the park is empowered to address vandalism with an artistic, proactive approach.
Sonia Romero is currently creating art full-time and exhibiting widely in Southern California and beyond, including her recent self-titled debut solo show at the Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. Public works include a mural commission and award at the Gene Autry Museum and the Metro Neighborhood Poster Award. She received her education at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with an emphasis in printmaking. She is the daughter of renowned artists Nancy and Frank Romero, and the granddaughter of Frank and Edith Wyle, founders of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California.