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Via Carta Mural the Latest Enhancement to Campus Outdoor Spaces

To help beautify, inspire and grow the collection of campus public art, the Cal Poly Corporation commissioned a mural along the Via Carta corridor. The Via Carta Mural Project is the start of a larger transformation to the Campus Market outdoor area and the latest in a number of enhancements to open-air spaces across campus.

The recently finished mural was created by Grover Beach artist Oscar Pearson and has transformed a divided triptych wall at the intersection of Highland Drive and Via Carta into a vibrant mural that encourages student and community interaction. The installation recognizes the value and contributions of migrant workers and farmworkers, the agricultural bounty of the Central Coast, and Cal Poly student’s contributions to the field of agriculture.

“The project continues Cal Poly Corporation’s commitment to making Cal Poly’s outdoor spaces beautiful and enriching the student experience,” said Andrea Burns, associate executive director, Commercial Services for the Cal Poly Corporation. “It’s an example of the many creative partnerships forged between Cal Poly Corporation, the university and ASI. The mural project has brought together faculty, staff and students across multiple colleges and disciplines.”

A mural committee comprised of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, students and community members reviewed all the submissions. Work on the mural began on June 16. A public celebration of the mural and enhanced outdoor space will be held this fall.

The Via Carta corridor is undergoing a Corporation-sponsored renovation to create a more inviting and year-round outdoor space that will include parklet-style landscaping, seating with umbrellas, a Santa Maria style barbecue operation and a food truck area.

PAC Outdoor Living Space

Along with the Via Carta project, the Corporation also broke ground on an outdoor space enhancement in front of the Performing Arts Center earlier this month.

Work is underway to transform the PAC lawn into a functional and beautiful gathering space complete with seating areas shaded by new landscaping and awnings, lighting for the evening and furnishings that complement the PAC and yakʔitʸutʸu.

To help augment Vista Grande’s food options during the busy dinner hours and take advantage of the beautiful weather, there will be space for two food trucks in the new area in addition to the two local restaurant pop ups that currently serve on the PAC Plaza in the evenings.

Cal Poly is partnering with the Corporation on this project and providing funding for a portion of the landscaping.

These projects are part of the Corporation’s ongoing outdoor campus enhancements which include the Food Truck Village in front of Mott Athletics Center, new seating, tables and umbrellas along Mustang Way, and Adirondack-style seating at Dexter Lawn. Cal Poly and ASI have generously donated funds to these projects and are assisting with the maintenance and upkeep.