The Link Mural

Santa Ana, California

These two murals were created for the homeless shelter the LINK in Santa Ana. This project was quite special, as the entire 200 bed facility was created in 28 days to provide emergency shelter.  Run by Mercy House and the City of Santa Ana, the entire mural project was designed and painted within 2 weeks and represents the first Republic Arts collaboration.

  • Lead Muralist/Artist – David Blancas
  • Photographer/Artist – Nain Leon
  • Designer/Artist – Ron Garcia.

Background: In 2018 Federal Judge Carter ruled that the cities of Orange County could not prosecute homeless people for vagrancy if they could not provide emergency shelter for them. This landmark case created the impetus for cities to begin building new homeless shelters. Many of the cities said it would take years to build such facilities.

Judge Carter worked with the City of Santa Ana, Mercy House, and developer Ryan Ogulnick of Vienyard Partners to create temporary homeless shelter in a warehouse development park. Their goal was to create a 200 bed facility in 28 days to help the homeless before winter set in.

Republic Arts was given the privilege to work on the project. With less than 2 weeks to the opening of the facility, we were contracted to create a mural that was representative of the homeless and the City of Santa Ana.

With this short timeline we went out into the Santa Ana community to talk and photograph the homeless. Our goal was to showcase human dignity and empower those less fortunate with a message of hope.