08 September 2011
In 2008, I decided to give the giant space at the festival to someone that mattered. Just out of high school, Marisol Heredia joined the army and shipped out to Iraq to serve her country. She was 19 years old when she succumbed to injuries sustained in a fire. Being from El Monte, she was the first woman of the San Gabriel Valley to fall in the conflict. There were MANY expressions of gratitude for her service from the people who came to see her portrait and read her story. A woman with an indomitable spirit and a love of the French language, she left us too soon.
This mural is a copy of a Fragonard that is hanging at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
If the color seems a bit off, let me explain...This chalk festival takes place over a weekend. After wrapping up on Saturday, exhausted and over-heated, I decided not to cover up my mural. The next morning I realized that the group next to me had laid down a thick block of purple in their square. I knew it because someone wearing sneakers walked over their work the night before and proceeded straight across mine. I just worked it in...