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   Northwest Passage
   18 x 91', acrylic, Dec. 2004
   Long Beach, California
Northwest Passage

The facing around this pedestrian tunnel under the 91 freeway in North Long Beach is painted to look like a tunnel through a mountain in a National Park. On the left side a river winds through the woods, and a bear fishes for salmon in the river. On the right a stream cascades down over rocks from the central mountain, and two deer are poised on the rocks overlooking a large valley
in the distance. The mural provides a brief imaginary vacation for the schoolchildren and parents who use it reach the elementary school on the other side of the freeway. The mural is a collaboration with tile artists Steve Elicker and Lesa Neal. The low wall and pillars are rendered in tile.