Arts Los Altos seeks submissions for new public mural downtown

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Courtesy of Maddy McBirney
Artist Martha Sakellariou, right, confers on the installation of a “sneak peek” announcement of her new downtown mural.

A new, large-scale mural, titled “200 Main Street [an inventory of time and place],” will grace downtown Los Altos sometime in the spring. The project, commissioned by the nonprofit Arts Los Altos, is funded by the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

The outdoor mural – located on the large exterior wall on Third Street, on the side of Satura Cakes – will incorporate quintessentially Los Altos themes and iconography to explore what it has been like to live at the crossroads of the area’s transformation from the rural Valley of Heart’s Delight into Silicon Valley.

The artist, Martha Sakellariou, is creating a 30-foot-long mural of recent and historical local images – curated with assistance from the Los Altos History Museum as well as photos and objects submitted by local residents – offering a montage of visual ideas for exploration and discovery by all ages and photo opportunities for social media posting.

“Like all my work, this piece is about ‘home’ and its many meanings – the history, objects, images, perspectives that represent what we think of as home and, specifically, about living in Los Altos,” Sakellariou said.

Sakellariou encourages residents to contribute visual material – a historical or iconic Los Altos item – to be included in the design.

Residents with one of the following items can email [email protected] There is also a QR code with a link located at the sample mural on Third Street.

• Local students’ original artwork that shows their home, school, family or other Los Altos-based scene or activity.

• An award or photo of a ceremony or celebration of a significant event (academic, sports, community, etc.).

• A used gardening apron.

• A title of a book related to Los Altos residents, history, sports or achievements.

• An item that strongly represents Los Altos’ past or present.

The deadline to submit items is Friday.

For more information on Arts Los Altos and its projects, visit

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