After listening to the interviews we recorded, our group of artists asked this question: "what is the story of the South Valley we hear?". Eventually we settled on five main story lines--each showing a different aspect of the South Valley's uniqueness. 1. neighborliness, 2. activism and water rights, 3. agriculture and rural life, 4. ancestors and immigration and, 5. Hispanic identity.
Although we wanted to use all the stories we heard--we could only use 10 profiles in the sculpture itself. We settled on the story of neighborliness among the South Valley. The profiles we chose to use, include ten people who tell the story of the South Valley as a community: as a place where people are connected and supportive of one another in unique ways.
We converted the profile photos to vector images that were then cut into half inch steel plate and installed in a 30' arc.