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Rồng gặp mây - "Dragon meets clouds"

photograph by David Shoup



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This mural is located on the Wall of the Arts and Music Building, Building 1, at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. It is located at the entrance to the building from Parking Lot E, and is next to the College Art Gallery. The Design began with an abstracted form of a Vietnamese Dragon, and is 42' wide x 23' high. The Dragon image is set against a light blue background- the Vietnamese Dragon is a Sky dragon, and the blue represents the Sky – the Dragon's abode. The Dragon's body is filled with textile patterns from many cultures, representing the diversity of the Skyline College Community.



The mural location is ideally suited for a Dragon image. Revered all over Asia, Dragons are seen as benevolent, omniscient, and bring blessings and good fortune. They are commonly located to the right of an entrance to a room or building- this orientation is said to bring good luck to those who pass by. To flow the energy of the image into the entrance to Building 1, a gāthā [poem] written by Song Dynasty Ch'an Master Xuedou Zhongxian is painted above the adjacent doorway. The gāthā comes from the Tenzo Kyōkun, which was written by Eihei Dōgen Zenji in 13th Century Japan. (How to Cook Your Life, From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment, Eihei Dōgen Zenji and Kōshō Uchiyama Rōshi, translated by Thomas Wright, Shambala Books, 2005).

 



Work on the mural began on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The Mural was designed and painted by Paul Bridenbaugh, with many thanks to the following volunteer artists for their help with drawing and painting the mural: Art Sato, Teena Makapugay, Alan Ceccarelli, Victoria Maung, Denise Wilkie, Aya Artola, Kim Centeno, Iat-Seng Lam, Elizabeth Wong, Beth Braunstein, Anna-Marie Vargas, Jamie Weinstock, Jessica Daniel, Lone Wang, Wasan Hasa , Olivia Asis, Phil Harris, Gaby Gerson, Qing Liu. Many thanks as well to College President Vicki Morrow and Dean of Social Science and Creative Arts Donna Bestock for their support in helping to make this project possible.

 

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The Dragon's body is now finished (almost). And the koan is painted above the doorway. Time to finish off the background before the rainy season is here

 

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