The city of Maywood, CA recently opened the Benito Juarez Park and decided to take an unorthodox approach to building play structures. Instead of the typical plastic structures that are commonplace, the Trust for Public Land commissioned Los Angeles-based mosaic artist Jolino Beserra to create works of art that also served as play sculptures. Using a specialized time-lapse camera rig (dubed the “Chronomo”), SFTV instructor David Garden documented the artist as he created a dragon sculpture that is the centerpiece of the park, reflecting the Mexican-American heritage of this neighborhood’s residents and the color, whimsy and magical creativity of Oaxacan art.
Watch as Beserra artfully covers a 40-foot long, three-headed dragon with over 150,000 hand cut mosaic tiles to build one of the most amazing children’s play sculptures ever conceived.
Chelsea Renner’s (Production – B.A. ’17) short film StrawHatMan tells the story of Andrew Brumfield and “salutes the university, students and staff and gives a nice congratulations to all the seniors who are graduating,” says SFTV lecturer David Gardner. “It is a powerful statement about a terrific humanist.”
The PROD 200 film is also a farewell to the man himself. Take a look.