Artist: Crisselle Mendiola
“Sunflower Power 2”
Location: Lillie King Park
Crisselle Mendiola is an illustrator, muralist, and designer currently based in Santa Ana. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a B.F.A in Illustration, though her will to create started from the womb. While most of Mendiola’s personal work is full of character and emotion, she is a young artist with an expanding range, as you can tell by the range of her work featured in this public art guide: from utility cabinet to National Fitness Campaign.
Her mural at Lillie King 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.” Her mural depicts friendly, smiling flowers and a girl walking her dog. On the nearby utility box which Mendiola also beautified, the girl is crowned by a flower and seems to grow out of its roots, emphasizing the unity of body and nature. A powerful message in itself, it also resonates with the National Fitness Campaign’s aim to support wellness in the open air.