Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 208: Garlic Capital of the World

How ironic. Our final health center site visit today was in Gilroy, a city proud to claim the title of "Garlic Capital of the World."  Luckily, there was absolutely no garlic aroma wafting about, so I could safely walk the few blocks from our car to the health center.

We all admired the striking mural on the side of the building, and although the subject matter fills me with horror and dread, I could definitely appreciate the artistry and details of the artwork:

After our tour of the health center, we learned that the mural had become rather faded over the years since it was originally created and painted by an Italian artist in the early 2000s:

The city and residents are so fond of the mural and take such pride in it that they raised funds to bring the artist back to Gilroy from Italy to restore the mural to its original luster, and it was rededicated in 2013. Below are photos I found online of the artist at work and the ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the restoration:


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