Panorama Park under beautification initiative

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Known for its views, Panorama Park is now in the process of becoming more beautiful. 

The county hopes to beautify Panorama Park through art and it is now accepting applications from interested local artists.

In collaboration with the Arts Council of Kern, Supervisor Mike Maggard proposed a mural painting project in the park. 

“[Due to] the nature of the park and the vegetation, having some color, adding some poppies and different things will help spruce up the park,” said Jeff Flores, chief of staff for Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard.

The plan is to cover various items around the park with art.

“We think that people will enjoy it and we hope that more people will be attracted and come over an visit it,” Flores said. 

A total of 21 items in the park will receive a paint job including; drinking fountains, trash cans, electrical cabinets and cluster pumps. 

That’s not all, the art will follow the theme of wildflowers. 

“It’s environmental and it just lends itself to a variety of ways to interpret it,” said David Gordon, executive director of Arts Council of Kern.

Gordon is accepting applications from local artists that want to take part in the project. 

“We’ve received so much tension already,” said Gordon.

Qualifying artists then will be selected to display their interpretation of the theme among the items in the park. 

“I’m just looking to be really surprised with how far someone can really take the theme of wildflowers,” said Gordon.

Something community members are looking forward to.

“It’s a nice view, but it doesn’t have a lot of color, so it would definitely bring in more color,” said Geneci Lee. “Maybe people will come out for the attraction.”

If you are interested in submitting an application click here.

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