The Rotary Club of Los Altos unveiled a new mural, “Together We Can Grow,” at Veterans Community Plaza Sept. 14, the work of artists Jordan Fong and Oscar Lopez.
In premiering their creation, located on the wall outside the Citibank building at the intersection of Main and State streets, Fong and Lopez shared the message they hoped to convey through their mural, a project that took them months to complete.
According to Fong, a Los Altos resident and art instructor at Foothill College, the theme of the mural is human nature and how people come together as a community and a group to identify with one another.
“It’s really been a journey for all of us,” said muralist Lopez. “This place is rich in culture, which inspired the iconography for the mural.”
Iconography in the mural includes the California native oak and patterns reflective of the native Ohlones, the first known residents of Los Altos.
Lopez also pointed out the hands of the figures depicted in the mural, as they symbolize how the community passes along many things, such as the value of the land.
“At the same time, it can also pass along the values of people,” he said. “It can pass along many other things just through giving: giving to the community and giving to others. With that, we can grow together.”
The Rotary Club’s Veterans Committee funded the mural as part of its commitment to improve the plaza, with Rotarian Ron Labetich taking the lead on the project. At the unveiling, Labetich thanked the Los Altos Village Association, Foothill College and the Kiwanis Club, as well as local residents Susan and Tom Harrington, Kathy and Lee Lera, Carol and Jerry Moison, and Marilyn Labetich, for their financial support.
Labetich also recognized property owner Joe Jisser, Citibank manager Giovanni Cedillos and city of Los Altos special projects manager Dave Brees for helping secure the mural’s placement at Veteran’s Community Plaza.