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Mozaic under train overpass in Encinitas promotes beach health

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 October, 2014 - The fervor surrounding the installation of a mosaic showing the Virgin of Guadeloupe on a surfboard, hands in prayer with the words “Save the Ocean,” has grown into a project to support area beaches along with art and youth programs.

The clandestine installation of the 10’ by 10’ stained glass mosiac by Mark Patterson under the train overpass on Encinitas Boulevard in 2011 and its subsequent removal caused such a stir throughout the community that an effort started to keep up the artwork and support its message of saving the ocean.

The mosiac was reinstalled at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Highway 101 in what is known as Surfing Madonna Park. A new mosiac by Patterson is set to be unveiled at the Surfing Madonna “Save the Ocean” Beach Run-Walk Oct. 25 at Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach Festival.

The 1k/5k/10k fundraiser run along the beach is among the highlights of the festival and raises money for the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project to support community projects benefiting the ocean, beaches, parks, art and youth. Last year, the race raised $50,000; this year’s goal is to double that.


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