Uniting family piece by piece

first_imgSmith said more than 140 children who attend the center spent most of last summer working with artist Jose Antonio Aguirre to create “La Familia.” – Araceli Esparza • Photo Gallery: Venetian glass mural Children, above, from Los Nietos Child Care Center and Santa Fe Springs city officials unveil a Venetian glass mural of interpreted Tongva Indian cave drawings on Friday. More than 14,000 pieces of Venetian glass are strategically positioned along an exterior wall at the Los Nietos Child Care Center, where the city’s first student-created mural was dedicated. At right, children sing a song prior to the unveiling. The 10-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide artwork, themed “La Familia,” or “The Family,” depicts just that – family life. Figures outlined by glass tiles are part of local children’s interpretation of the Tongva/Gabriele o tribe, the area’s first inhabitants, according to city officials. “It’s a culturally and educationally enriching experience,” said Judy Smith, an administrator for the child care center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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