The Embarcadero Road tunnel underpass next to Palo Alto High School may soon look a lot like Viking territory.
The Palo Alto Public Art Commission on March 21 approved a proposal by Paly's associated student body to adorn the walls of the 111-foot tunnel with Viking-themed murals.
Under the plan, each class through 2023 will have a 10-foot space to paint a mural that fits a theme related to the school's mascot, the Vikings. The class of 2013 will use the first 11 feet and the last 10 feet of the tunnel for their own murals.
The commission approved the plan but said that each year's design would be approved by the commission before being put up in the tunnel.
Class President Michael Wang, who delivered the proposal to the commission, said the murals would be a "gift" from this year's senior class and that adding space for "a decade of Vikings" was aimed help connect the school to the city of Palo Alto.
Since funds for creating the mural would come out of the student body's discretionary fund, no public money would be used to paint the walls.
The artistic directors of the project, Paly seniors Claire Marchon and Lisie Sabbag, said they hadn't yet chosen designs for 2013's spaces but that they would probably feature geometric background patterns of the Palo Alto tree.