The graphic vernacular is based on the theme of layers-appropriated from the archeological graphic representing the history of the Emeryville Shellmound. The height of the layers took into consideration the wide age and size demographic that would view andvisit the site. Layers range in height from about seven feet (for adults) tothree feet for children.
The timeline goes from right to left-from the shellmound's earliest history to the present. Along the timeline, important dates in Ohlone history are highlighted by small, colored spheres. Correlating with the timeline on the wall behind, historical Ohlone images are incorporated from the past to the present, starting with stoic Ohlone fishermen and leading to a contemporary Ohlone father with his two sons. The pilasters divide the time periods.
The collage is set upon an early image of the Ohlone people, which stretches the length of the timeline, representing the strength and the lives of Ohlone ancestors who have always and will continue to inform the lives of the Ohlone people, from the past to the present. The wall is bracketed on the right with an introduction/history of the Ohlone people and ends on the left with a series of lighted display boxes displaying the work of local artists.