Kids create ceramic tiles for Roseville’s Sculpture Park

14-year-old Boy Scout organizing public arts project
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Kayla Grbac burrowed down over her mosaic, carefully gluing pieces of ceramic tile onto a board to create the scene of a flower and bright yellow sun.

The fifth-grader at Cornerstone Christian School in Roseville sees these images when she goes walking on local trails with her mom, which inspired her artwork. The tile will be one of 96 installed later this spring in Sculpture Park.

"She loves art and we actually like to go to Sculpture Park," said her mom, Lori Grbac, as Kayla created her piece March 22 at the Blue Line Gallery.

But they saw what happened in the park when vandals stole the bronze plaques mounted there in 2010. Kayla was eager to participate in this public arts project to revive that spot.

Through a joint partnership between the city of Roseville and Roseville Arts, the nonprofit organization behind the Blue Line Gallery, local fifth graders submitted mosaic tile entries with the theme "Nature and Wildlife."

Buljan Middle School student Tyler Tate, 14, is leading the project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. He's organized four workdays during which kids make their tiles. Earlier this year, six judges - including Parks and Recreation commissioners and Mayor Pauline Roccucci - selected winning entries out of 213 submissions.

"It's fun to see the designs actually being made by the kids - they really enjoy it and it's getting art out into the community," Tyler said.

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