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.

dragon face (detail)
dragon face (detail)

little girl
little girl

flying lizard
flying lizard

dragon face (detail)
dragon face (detail)

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Playthings of the Wind

 

 

2010

 

Masson St. & Washington St.,
San Francisco,
California

 

Chinese Recreational center

 

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