Curios to see the many murals in my community, I, along with my skateboard and camera, rode around and admired the community as a whole and the many works of art.
Throughout my freshman year I walked by and acknowledged the sea turtle mural but had no idea of its meaning rather saw it as a piece of art like many others in Isla Vista. I recently moved into an apartment on the block of 6500 Sabado Tarde and find myself waking up to the view of this beautiful mural outside my window representing the collective memory throughout our community. After a couple weeks being welcomed into the wonderful community of Isla Vista, I noticed the plaque on this mural which I then learned of what happened here. Every morning and night I see this mural and feel this sense of remorse for the many family members and friends who lost loved ones, but also see a community coming together to acknowledge the beauty of what Isla Vista offers and its sense of communion.
The mural was painted in 2014, thirteen years after the tragedy occurred. Fortunately, to the current members of the Isla Vista community this event is only spoken of, as the majority of the people whom experienced the loss of fellow peers have moved out of the community. When the two student artists and Professor Ann Hefferman came about creating this mural, their intentions were not to recreate or relive this terrible moment, but to create a place of beauty and happiness to reminisce over the lives lost. Thirteen years after the incident, many students and community members probably did not and still do not know that this block lay witnessed of the active horror leading to the lost of peers. Thus, why would these two students and a professor choose to make this mural? After over thirteen years of collective forgetting the student artists choose to remind the community of the terror that has taken place outside many of our houses in a form of beauty and remembrance of an event that created a stronger community for years to come.
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