New mural envisions a ‘jungle’ in The Village

A new mural installed at 7766 Fay Ave. invites viewers into an artistic jungle in The Village.

“The Deep, Impenetrable and Mysterious Jungle,” by Swiss artist Claudia Comte, installed June 7 by Murals of La Jolla, is part of Comte’s larger series “Jungle Paintings,” originally painted in acrylic on canvas.

The mural references the visual iconography of the Belgian comic artist André Franquin; Comte has stripped excess content from Franquin’s original comics to leave only the linear depiction of a nature scene, according to press materials.

The mural “is a great fit for this location because of the perspective, palette and contrast featured within the image,” said Taylor Chapin, curatorial associate for Murals of La Jolla.

“The Deep, Impenetrable and Mysterious Jungle” offers a perspective with scale and depth, Chapin said, with its “vibrant red to yellow color gradient and prominent line work [making] this piece incredibly eye-catching.”

Comte, who often combines media like sculptures or installation with wall paintings, compelled Murals of La Jolla to select her for the latest installation as “she has a fantastic and extensive record of creating engaging public art,” Chapin said.

“Our selection committee was … confident that she would come up with something innovative.”

Murals of La Jolla hopes “viewers will initially be drawn to the mural through its bright colors and bold, graphic patterning,” Chapin said. “Beyond this initial attraction, we hope that viewers are left with a sense of curiosity and intrigue questioning the contrast and connection between the two different visual approaches within the work.”

Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation and now a project of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, aims to enhance La Jolla’s civic character by commissioning public art projects on private property.

Each work is on view for a minimum of two years and has been funded by private donations.

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Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.
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Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.

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