The Napa Quake Mosaic by Kristina Young
The Napa Quake Mosaic is a community-built public art installation honoring those affected by the 8/24/14 Napa earthquake. When complete, it will be a 40’x10’ mosaic installed on a disused rail car being donated by the Napa Valley Wine Train. Our project has received funding from our local Arts Council’s Community Grant Fund as well as Napa County’s Arts + Culture Grant Process, which helped me as lead artist and project manager continue to build this ambitious piece.
Since 2014, I have worked to complete the project in collaboration with several local non-profits as well as private businesses and local government staff. Over 1,000 community members have already contributed to the project by volunteering, donating or helping to build sections of the mosaic using objects broken during the earthquake collected from Napa residents and businesses. The production process and finished piece will offer therapeutic reflection opportunities while contributing to the positive impact of Napa’s new Rail Arts District (RAD Napa) in downtown Napa where installation is planned.
The majority of the mosaic material was broken at the same time and place, giving the project deeply specific and personal relevance to our community. Once coalesced, it will reveal a snapshot of the memories, stories and lives of contemporary Napa residents and remain a touchstone into the future.