Completed by the art students at Portola Middle School. Designed by art students, NJ Yazon, Lam Nguyen, Vivian Ly, Hector Ochoa. Overall winning design by NJ Yazon and Lam Nguyen was voted on by the whole school. Over 120 students participated and painted on the wall. It took a little over a month to complete.
The story the mural tells is the Portola Expedition, Gaspar de Portola and Jose Antonio Yorba traveling by horseback across California starting in San Diego meeting natives, following a timeline toward Rancho period of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Mission Fandango at San Juan Capistrano, History of the City of Orange with Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell tossing a coin in the fountain, Father Serra picking oranges, Ladies in period dress, Monterey Bay the ship San Carlos in the bay, and ruins of the church in Monterey. All of this is connected by El Camino Real.
For more photographs of the mural, students working, students' creative writing about these subjects and the ribbon cutting ceremony scroll down this page. Click on "older posts" to see more. Also click on each image to enlarge.