Submitted by Jill Munger

The Del Norte County Fairgrounds is a more beautiful place thanks to the hard work of Harley Munger and the students of Piece by Piece Pottery. A 60-foot long ceramic puzzle mosaic depicting Industries of Del Norte County will be dedicated 5 p.m. Aug. 1 on opening day of the Del Norte County Fair.

The project was divided into six phases and took 10 years to complete. Each phase was grant funded and its grants were written by Jill Munger of Elk Valley Artisans. Industries represented include maritime, Native American commerce, agriculture, logging, mining, and commerce.

The original design was created by local artists Rika Blue and Harley Munger.

Many sponsors supported this project that began in 2008. They include Piece by Piece Pottery, Elk Valley Artisans, the 41st Agricultural District, Del Norte Sunrise Rotary Club, Tolowa Dee Ni Nation, the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Del Norte Juvenile Justice Commission, Coast Central Credit Union, the Wild Rivers Foundation, the Curtis Gillis Trust, Chris and Sabina Renner and Family, Haban Construction, Rotary International, Soroptimist International of Crescent City and the Crescent City Rotary Club.

Some students who started this project in 2008 are now parents with children who worked on the project. Students came from all aspects of our community including Coastal Connections, Castle Rock School, kids serving community service hours, Piece by Piece Pottery’s Summer Mural Programs, Del Norte County Schools, Juvenile Probation Department, and Del Norte County Health and Human Services.

If you look closely, you will notice many local legends in the design like Babe the Blue Ox and Bigfoot.

This project joins many other beautiful public art grants-funded ceramic murals by artist Harley Munger and Piece by Piece Pottery. They continue to adorn Del Norte County with its colorful history and pristine environment that will be enjoyed for generations to come.