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East Agana wall now home to stirring mosaic

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 by Allyson Chiu

Guam - Motorists commuting along Marine Corps Drive through East Agana will now be privilege to a work of art.  What was once just paint on a cement wall has now become a beautifully tiled mosaic. The Islandwide Beautification Task Force in partnership with the Works Foundation officially rededicated the East Agana Retaining Wall today.

Known as the "Retaining the Spirit of Guam, USA Wall", the fading mural underwent major restorations these past few months. The project aims to not only physically improve the island, but also emotionally enrich the people by creating a long-lasting reminder of what Guam stands for. "This mosaic tile was a lot of hard work, it was expensive, but it will last. It will be a symbol of the beauty and the uniqueness of Guam in the Asia Pacific, but also its relationship with the greatest democracy in the world,"  said Governor Eddie Calvo.

Covering almost 3,200 square feet the wall required close to 385,920 one-inch-square tiles, 280 12"-x-24" rectangular tiles, and 8,420 pounds of sand and grout to complete. The entire project took 2,100 hours of labor and is guaranteed by core-tech international to last fault-free for 20 years.

In addition to CoreTech who was given the principal task of constructing the mosaic, the community rallied together to lend a helping hand as tiles were provided by JK Tiles and donations of up to $25,000 were made by various corporations. Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio stated, "That's why we put the quality into this product. That's why we have so many people that we asked to help because we want you to see and to take part in part of our passion," said

Although the wall is only one of many projects the IBTF has taken on, it will forever remain one of the most meaningful as it serves to send a message of stewardship to the people of Guam. "The whole idea of the Islandwide Beautification Task Force and the Works Foundation is to get a sense of paradigm shift out in the community and not just pick up trash and paint walls or put mosaic. But to understand and know that this is our home and we need to take ownership of it," said Tenorio's wife, Naoko Shimizu. "The wall will forever serve as a symbol of love and respect for our island and our country and those who have the dignity to protect our home, our culture and our way of life."

For more information on the Guam IBTF and their projects and programs you can contact 475-9380 or visit them on Facebook.  

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