PUBLIC ART AT FULTON CROSSING
In the summer of 2019, Fulton Crossing received a striking facelift on the side of the building that fronts busy River Road: the visage of a boy guffawing his head off, executed by Filipino artist Hersley Casero. A participant of the Chalk Hill Artist Residency program at Sonoma's Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards, Casero painted the mural as part of his ongoing "Ha? The Laughing Boy Project" that so far has produced hundreds of portraits of the same joyous child. This is the first time a "Laughing Boy" mural has adorned a wall in the United States.
The "Laughing Boy" project launched in 2008 after a photograph Casero snapped of his cousin Joseph went viral in the Philippines and around the world, and has since branched out into many artist-led workshops that spread the wonder of creation and individual self-expression. As part of making this mural, Casero conducted a class in painting portraits at Becoming Independent, a nonprofit at Fulton Crossing that helps people with developmental disabilities live meaningful and productive lives. If you're in Sonoma, drop by 1200 River Road in Fulton, California, to check out this artwork in person; for more information about the "Laughing Boy" story click here (PDF). Below photos taken by Jeff Kan Lee.