Life In the Community – Paint The Street Davis
Paint the Street is a collaborative art project that takes over a year of planning and is powered by the extraordinary energy of community and volunteers.
Elemental, one of three Paint the Street Davis* projects, is in the North Davis neighborhood of Senda Nueva. Here, you will find a vibrant labyrinth of a fire-breathing dragon swirling its way towards a colorful path of hawks, hummingbirds, and butterflies on the greenbelt pathway.
Danielle Fodor, the lead artist and designer pictured above, worked along with artist Judy Catambay, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, and over 500 volunteers (!) to complete the Elemental project. The artist team developed a design with support from an economically and generationally diverse set of neighbors, including children, seniors, college students, and families. The location — though selected through neighborhood vote — had to be approved by 100% of the residents on Hacienda cul-de-sac. The Senda Nueva volunteer Creative Action Team worked tirelessly to not only organize countless neighborhood meetings and events, but to ensure an inclusive and welcoming art experience. Click here to view extraordinary aerial shots of the mural and learn more about the design process.
Visit the pathway and see how the elements – air, earth, fire, and water – weave into a cornucopia of color, culture, and symbolism.
*Paint the Street Davis is a City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs project and was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Sponsors included Asphalt Impressions and Dos Coyotes, and supporters included 15 local businesses and over 100 individual donors!
Paint The Street Davis artist Danielle Fodor explains the vision of Elemental along with its cultural and societal symbolism and impact.
GoodHome Group’s Brelle Albert walking on the dragon labyrinth
Paint The Street Davis artist Danielle Fodor
Kids playing on the greenbelt