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January 28, 2023

Photo: Watsonville Brillante moves ahead

Sam Ruiz (left) and Jose Ruelas team up with Emanuel Garcia (not shown) of Rinaldi Tile & Marble to install a mosaic tile sheet to the exterior wall of the parking structure at Rodriguez and Second streets Monday.

Watsonville Brillante, a multiphase mosaic outdoor project headed up by Watsonville artist Kathleen Crocetti, is moving forward. It features massive installations now on three sides of the Watsonville Civic Plaza’s six-floor parking structure. The project has been in the works for years and was approved by the Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission and the Watsonville City Council. The mosaic pieces are being fabricated by volunteers at the Muzzio Mosaic Art Center on Front Street. The unveiling is expected in late May. The overall project will eventually cover 12,500 square feet.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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