A dragon is born in Burbank

Close-up of the eye on the Maywood Park dragon mosaicPhoto credit: Emily Green

Assisted by a crew calling itself the "mosaic mafia," and working out of a movie prop yard in Burbank, Los Angeles artist Jolino Beserra is breathing life into a 30-foot cement dragon.

The Trust for Public Land commissioned the artist to craft a mosaic play structure for Maywood Avenue Park, a park and playground we're in the process of creating in southeast Los Angeles. 

Local journalist Emily Green—who chronicles western conservation on her blog Chance of Rain—reported on Beserra's efforts in a recent blog post (Read: "Through a Dragon Brightly"). 

She also shot a lovely photo essay documenting the painstaking progress. Click through some of our favorite images in the slideshow below.


Jolino's work is simply genius! His approach, planning, design and execution are those of a consummate professional. He is one of the most dramatic and exciting artists working on this scale. Jolino's dedication to providing brilliant and innovative art for children (and their older friends) to enjoy is truly inspiring. What an amazing work of art!
Mimi Fitzgerald
Wow! This is wonderful in so many ways!

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