Murals by Betsy K. Schulz, as seen in Sapphire Tower, San Diego, CA, USA, San Diego, CA

Murals by Betsy K. Schulz seen at Sapphire Tower, San Diego, CA, USA, San Diego - The Tracks We Leave Behind
Murals by Betsy K. Schulz seen at Sapphire Tower, San Diego, CA, USA, San Diego - The Tracks We Leave Behind

The Tracks We Leave Behind

inSapphire Tower, San Diego, CA, USA, San Diego, CA
Ten columns on the trolley-track side of the Sapphire Tower residential condominium depict the history of San Diego. Each column mural represents a different period of San Diego history. To gather the information, images, and usage rights for photo reproduction, Betsy Schulz tapped many sources, including the San Diego Historical Society, Huntington Library, Barona Band of Mission Indians, and Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, as well as books, journal articles, and internet resources. Each column mural provides a glimpse into the history and feeling of the times, as researched and interpreted by the artist. In conjunction with this project, Schulz sponsored two workshops, with McKinley Elementary School and with the ARTS (A Reason To Survive) program. All extra mosaic tiles and grout were donated to ARTS for their ongoing projects with children. Medium: Handmade sculpted, screened, and mosaic tiles. Size: Ten columns of 40 sq. ft. each / 400 sq. ft. of tile. Located at Sapphire Tower, 1262 Kettner Boulevard (track side of the building), San Diego, California.
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Meet the Creator

Betsy K. Schulz has provided creative design solutions and art installations for municipalities, schools, nonprofit groups, businesses, and private individuals across the nation for more than 20 years. Layering words, imagery, and texture, she creates art installations that are meant to be touched and experienced by the people who live with them.

Betsy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and then worked as a graphic designer for over a decade. As the owner and creative force behind the A Design Garden studio, she designed print campaigns, corporate identities, websites, and museum and trade show exhibits.

Inspired to produce more lasting work, she started designing landscapes as “outdoor learning environments” for local schools and private clients. Betsy’s environments are characterized by cohesive color palettes, edible and low-water plants, natural structures, fountains, boulders, and tile murals and sculptures. Her murals and mosaics are largely inspired by nature and by the history of the communities where they are installed. Working with hand-sculpted tiles and found objects, she includes poems, historic information, and captions pressed into clay with antique letterpress letters or silk-screened onto tiles as glazes.

Betsy works extensively with historical societies and other sources to ensure that her artist interpretations are accurate. Where possible, she involves local volunteers of all ages, encouraging them to donate information and materials to support the project’s theme and to participate in workshops in her studio and on-site.

Betsy is meticulous in her preparation and follow-through for each project: She prepares comprehensive budgets, makes presentations complete with photo mock-ups of the finished project in place, organizes volunteer workshops, provides regular project updates, and oversees the final installation.

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