A story-inspired mural
Brian and the Bugs welcomes families to experience its vibrant colors and creatures that tell a story of connectedness.Tweet Share
Inspired by her illustrated children’s book, Brian the Wildflower, Katie Ruiz’s Brian and the Bugs mural is a visual story of connectedness that transforms over 1,000 square feet of the Museum’s walls on the Main Level. Flowers, butterflies, crickets and other insects from the story are depicted in the mural under a pompom “rain shower” spilling from the ceiling overhead, reminding us that cycles of life continue, even in the face of adversity. The mural welcomes families returning to the Museum, offering hope for new growth.
Thanks to our visitors, members and Valley Elementary students and Girls Scouts, there are now 500 colorful fluffy pom poms handing above the mural.
Who Made This?
- Katie Ruiz
- 1984, Los Angeles
- lives in
- San Diego, California
Visual storytelling is at the heart of Katie Ruiz’s work. She is known for her “blanket paintings” in which figures shelter under colorful weavings inspired by Ruiz’s Xicana heritage and her study of traditional Mexican textiles. Like the Otomí women in Mexico who have for generations told stories through embroidered animals and shapes, Ruiz draws on her Xicana ancestry and personal story to tell visual tales of love and loss.