Artists: “The Heavy,” Kimberly Duran and Bud Herrera
“Santa Ana Garden”
Location: Delhi Park
In 2013, Kimberly Duran and Bud Herrera co-founded a mural team, The Heavy Collective, a Public Art Initiative specializing in visual art and murals. Their goal is to bring art to the local community so that art is not confined to museums or galleries. By occupying walls in public areas, people of diverse cultures and backgrounds access free public art during their daily life. Their inspiration comes from the communities they live with as well as from ancient civilizations, history, philosophy, culture and organic elements.
Their mural at Delhi Park’s Fitness Court was created in the framework of the National Fitness Campaign, which supports the creation of fitness court murals “as kinetic art pieces to showcase the value and inspiration born from connecting the power of the arts with the joy of wellness.” The mural by The Heavy presents themes the artists often work with, like Santa Ana’s iconic water tower for local reference, like plants and ladybugs as some of their predilect organic inspirations, and like the magnificent Quetzalcoatl head which already adorns other Santa Ana city walls. This way, The Heavy manages to bring local and ancestral iconography to the National Fitness Campaign.