San Rafael

Larry and Kelly Sultan

Public Art Works

“I would like to be a lawyer. I would like to have a dog. I would like to see my sister again. She is still in El Salvador.” So ends the story of an anonymous fourth grader who immigrated illegally to the U.S. several years ago to see his mother. Printed on a brown grocery bag in a blue New Century Schoolbook typeface, the story is superimposed across a low-resolution photograph of a boy’s face, itself half covered with his own hand to protect his identity. Modeled after the milk cartons on which the faces of lost children are reproduced, four images to be printed on grocery bags were designed by Larry and Kelly Sultan in collaboration with high-school and elementary students in San Rafael, a rather upscale city in fashionable Marin County in which immigration has recently become a divisive issue. Sponsored by Public Art Works, a Marin County–based organization that has facilitated inventive

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