The Ever Changing Wall will be hard to miss: a giant, black and white photo mural with children’s faces 12 feet tall, stretching 130 ft long.
And it’s coming to Newhall tomorrow.
The wall, sponsored by the local non-profit organization ARTree, will feature pictures of 13 children from the Newhall Community Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita.
“The kids that modeled were kids that just wanted to express themselves. So we took their pictures,” said Bob Hernandez, President and founder of ARTree.
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Hernandez, a Cal Arts graduate, says the non-profit ARTree is dedicated to enhancing children’s art education. He hopes The Ever Changing Wall will send a powerful message.
“We’re making a statement about children. The lack of art education for children,” said Hernandez.
The Ever Changing Wall was also an opportunity to provide a new learning experience for kids. Teens from the Newhall Community Center worked with award-winning photographer Mel Carll of the Santa Clarita Valley Center for Photography.
Carll currently shoots for Inside SCV magazine and the City of Santa Clarita.
“The teens who took the pictures were given a quick lesson in photography and what it takes to be a photographer,” Hernandez said.
The Ever Changing Wall committee then selected the best photos for the mural which will be installed over the next three days starting tomorrow on the German Autohaus building on Railroad Avenue in Newhall.
Hernandez believes The Ever Changing Wall will draw visitors to the area and be a boon to local businesses.
“I know 40 thousand people pass through that Railroad Avenue and that’s not even counting the Metrolink that passes by and we want to make sure people notice,” Hernandez said.
The wall will be called, “The Ever Changing Wall,” because a new theme will be introduced periodically when the wallpaper is changed. In six to eight months they intend to focus on Senior Citizens.
“We just want people to understand the beauty of people — of people’s faces. And to notice those people,” Hernandez said.
And while he hopes the arts will improve business in Old Town Newhall, Hernandez says the inspiration for ARTree was born of his own bad economic situation. Two years ago Hernandez was laid off.
“The show I was working on got cancelled and I wasn’t able to catch on,” said Hernandez. “I decided I want to do something to make a difference.”
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