In the spring of 2021, a committee of artists, city employees, and HSU staff and students got together. Their goal was to envision a project that aimed to inspire the community to build bridges and work together to create social justice, environmental health, and economic prosperity for all.
What came to pass was a community art installation, hung on the east side of the G Street bridge that spans Humboldt State University, Cal Trans and City property. Playhouse Arts and HSU affiliated artists Brittany Britton, Haley Davis and Jim Woglom created the original design, inspired by the safety and healing to be found in the dream space when we sleep. The mural features beds floating in the clouds interspersed with other dream images like planets, multiple images of the sun with smiling faces, a forest, and colorful hearts, flowers and fish.
On Saturday, October 30th, 2021 community members gathered on the Arcata Plaza to get their hands dirty and paint. After a down pour of rain, the panels were touched up at the Arcata Playhouse before the mural was installed at its home near the HSU campus.
This project came together as a result of the collaboration of Playhouse Arts, the City of Arcata, Arcata Main Street, the City of Arcata’s Public Safety Committee, and Humboldt State University’s staff and students.