Public Mosaics by Steve Farley seen at Gardner Community Center, San Jose - Gardner Community Center Murals (Circle of Heroes)

Gardner Community Center Murals (Circle of Heroes)

For “Gardner Community Center Murals (Circle of Heroes),"
artist Stephen Farley spent several weeks meeting with residents of the vibrant Gardner neighborhood just south of downtown San Jose. He brainstormed a concept for the project in collaboration with the community, photographed beloved members of the community, and went door-to-door seeking personal images from private photo albums.

The final work was finished in 2004 and consists of 18 tile panels (3' x 10') representing the faces of the neighborhood in the past and present. Everyone in Gardner feels that at least one of those 18 people represents them in some way.

Twelve of the panels are mounted back-to-back on six steel structures that echo the craftsman style of the new community center. These structures are arranged around a circular informal stage area in the plaza in front of the building.