MODESTO -- The 6-foot-tall mosaic head is phase one the centerpiece of a five-year project to cover the back wall of the K-building's enclosed art area.
Jungle details will fill in the background behind the Jaguar's head, between giant block letters spelling out J-O-S-E-P-H G-R-E-G-O-R-I on one side, and A-R-T D-E-P-A-R-T-M-E-N-T on the other.
The whole scene will be flanked by paw prints, said project organizer and art teacher John Biven.
Eventually, the mosaic mural will cover the 90 feet of wall facing the wide windows of art studio rooms.
"It's pretty cool," said Marcy Duarte, president of the Gregori Art Club. "From far away, it looks just like a jaguar."
Jalen Taylor, a junior, said she worked on the big cat's chin one class period when she forgot to bring her art project.
"The hardest part was bending down," she said. "But I liked the outcome."
Biven said Bedrosians Tile & Stone donated tiles. But the project will require far more, including brighter greens and other rain forest colors. First, though, come those block letters in navy blue Gregori High's other school color.