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Colette Crutcher’s mosaic mural, titled Playthings of the Wind, located in the playground of the new Chinatown Recreation Center, honors China’s 2000-year tradition of kite making.


The mural depicts a young child, in traditional dress, holding a string attached to a butterfly kite, which is joined among the swirling clouds and sun by two other kites in the form of a “flying lizard” and bat.


The mural continues onto an adjacent wall with a depiction of a dragon kite.

Playthings of the Wind





Masson St. & Washington St.,
San Francisco,


Chinese Recreational center


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Playthings of the Wind

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