Possible Themes For A Historical Mural

THEME which unifies the panels: TREES

THEME carried out in each panel: Historic Period

Technique used to develop each historic panel:

On each column would be painted the trunk of a tree (a mature tree with an interesting trunk) which has been important in Fallbrook's history and pre-history. The tree's canopy would be suggested by carrying the foliage (with fruit) across the top of each panel. Each scene would have large elements in the foreground, the foremost element in a landscape which would incorporate the smaller elements in the distance.

Trees: OAK, PEPPER TREE, GRAPEVINE TRUNK, OLIVE TREE, ORANGE TREE, LEMON TREE, AVOCADO TREE, BOUGAINVILLEA VINE (no canopy)

I. Natural environment and Native American (OAK TREE)

Beginning at the east end next to the parking lot, the oak tree could be half on the Alvarado St. Side, and half on the parking lot side, where it would announce to viewers as they leave their cars where to begin viewing the mural. In the first panel, looking under the oak canopy and off in the distance would be the natural landscape: river and Morro Hill, vegetation and wildlife (including things like deer and condors, which are no longer seen in our area) and an Indian village (showing basket-making and house construction). Nearer at hand would be a man (a Native American man) painting among granite boulders.

II. Mission Period (Spanish and Luiseno) (PEPPER TREE)

Under the pepper tree, off in the distance, could be the San Luis Rey mission and its soldiers' barracks and Quechla village. Nearer could be the vineyards, orchards, fields and cattle of the mission, and maybe a soldier. Near at hand could be a section of the interior of the mission (or Pala Mission), showing a Luiseno Indian painting a fresco. There could also be a youth playing the violin.

III. Rancho Period (Mexican and Mexican-American) (GRAPEVINE)

There are two ranchos in Fallbrook's history: Santa Margarita and Monserate, to be included in the background. Crops were grapevines, orchards, and cattle and sheep. Each was beside a different river. In the foreground could be a Mexican wedding party on horseback or a horseman, showing his costume.

IV. Large Landowners (American) (OLIVE TREE)

Two ranches could be featured, each with a residence. Red Mountain Ranch, which had a large olive orchard (there was also one in town), and the largest new landowner, the Girds, who raised cattle and horses.

V. Pioneer Period and Town Beginnings (ORANGE TREE)

This could show the groves which surrounded the town, and include some of the town in the background. One pioneer home, that of the Mitchell's from the 1880's. If Live Oak Park could be worked in, put it in the distance. Most of the early homesteaders had oranges. The early Art Club often met at Reche's Grove (Live Oak Park). A women dressed in turn-of-century clothing, could be shown in the foreground, at an easel, painting a landscape which includes a grove.

VI. Real Estate Development & Lemon Industry (LEMON TREE)

Distance could include small groves and homes dotting countryside. Use WPA mural concept from San Francisco to show variety and lemons being picked by Mexican men. Show boxes in Foreground with Fallbrook Citrus Association labels.

VII. Art and Cultural Activities (AVOCADO TREE)

1930 and 1940. WPA buildings, WPA sculpture at high school, plays at Woman's Club, movie shot at old RR station, events in new auditoriums, international weaving institute at high school, etc. Made possible by success of avocado groves. Could use Anthony's as example. See pics and copy in real estate brochures.


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Last update: 12 August 1998.