the snake and the playground, originally uploaded by carolyn_in_oregon.


Garden Mosaic Snake: A piece of the bigger picture. In San Francisco, mosaic artists have retrieved a playground, bit by bit, froum urban blight.

Neighborhood: The Mission

24th Street
Between York and Bryant
San Francisco, CA 94110

The mosaic snake sculpture, entitled “Quetzalcoatl,” by local artists Mark Roller, Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr, was created under the auspices of Susan Cervantes, founder of Precita Eyes Muralists. The serpent represents Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican feathered serpent god, who is both life-giver and culture hero, bestowing various gifts on humankind such as agriculture, writing and architecture. These gifts are represented by five cast concrete medallions along the snake’s body. The body and head of the snake are formed out of concrete and covered with mosaic consisting of broken commercial tiles and several hundred handmade tiles, representing Quetzalcoatl’s feathers.

24th Street Mini Park – San Francisco – Yelp

Thanks for the links Linda. 🙂