While you're there, also check out the new 4-by-72-foot mural featuring paintings on the fence along the L Street Bike Path south of Eighth Street. The mural depicts the diverse plants and wildlife in Jolly Giant Creek and is made of 70 individual 2-by-2-foot paintings by local grade school students. It’s part of a project organized by the Playhouse Education team of Sarah McKinney, Mackenzie Ridgewood and Haley Davis, who worked via Zoom with Fieldbrook Elementary and Redwood Coast Montessori students at home this past year.
The overall project was created to increase awareness of the unique ecosystem of the Jolly Giant Creek in Arcata and included partnerships with the California Arts Council, the City of Arcata and community donations.
Seven young painters joined Hildebrandt and sculpture collaborators on Saturday, May 8 in an unveiling celebration of the two-year "Keeping the Giant Jolly" project. Local band Bandemonium opened the unveiling event, including an original piece of music written by bandleader Gregg Moore. Hildebrandt offered a touching thank-you speech for all the help and support he received, followed by Arcata Playhouse Executive Director Jacqueline Dandeneau leading attendees in a closed-eyes imagining of a large-scale, expensive unveiling of the "Homeward Leaping" sculptures, which could not be draped due to their size.