College of Science and Mathematics to Unveil Diversity-Themed Mural May 26
Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics will unveil a 27-foot long by 6-foot high, diversity-themed mural at noon on May 26 in the main lobby of the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics. The artist will discuss the artwork directly preceding the unveiling at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Baker Center (No. 180).
The mural — “Integrated Visionaries” — represents the study and research of science and mathematics while considering the themes of inclusivity, diversity and community. It integrates a stylized approach that allows viewers to see themselves in the mural.
Colorado-based artist David Ocelotl Garcia was selected to design the mural following a nationwide search that included local artists and two Cal Poly students among the applicants. Garcia’s work has been commissioned by organizations in Colorado, California and Mexico. His large-scale murals interact with their environment to create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere for the community.
College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey worked with faculty and staff representatives from the campus cultural associations — including the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association — to decide what the mural would represent.
“I’m really proud of the committee that put this together,” said Bailey, who is retiring at the end of the academic year after nearly 50 years of service. “It will fit perfectly with all the inspirational art that fills the Baker Center and show students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds how important they are to the future of science and mathematics.”
The mural will become a part of the university’s permanent art collection.
About the artist
David Ocelotl Garcia is a Colorado-based artist who focuses on public art and museum collections. Garcia discovered his passion and ability for fine art at age 11. By the time he turned 18, he was assisting professional mural artists and monumental bronze sculptors. Now, his own work ranges from large-scale interior and exterior murals to mosaics and sculptures. Through self-meditation and creative exploration, the artist developed his own technique and philosophy on painting and sculpture called Abstract Imaginism, which combines the spontaneity of abstraction with the creativity of his imagination. Influenced by the movement of atomic energy and its effect on all living things, Garcia honors his ancestors, friends, family and community through his artwork.