My first project of the year is a mural commission from the housing non-profit Bridge Housing who are building a new affordable housing building at McArthur Station in Oakland. The building will be called Mural, so fittingly will have a two story interior mural inside the main entry lobby. The back and front lobby walls will be glass so the artwork will be well-lit and visible from the outside of the building too.
The mural itself is 20 x 20ft and constructed from reclaimed wood, some specifically sourced from older homes in Oakland. Simple images of homes and plant forms aim to depict thoughts of a nurturing garden, growth, roots, connection, and community. The piece incorporates relief elements, and embedded cement panels, as well as painting.
I'll post pictures as the work progresses. I've rented a temporary studio in Oakland's Jingletown to have sufficient space to lay out sections of the wood, and I expect to install the piece March - May. Very exciting!
Jeff Breidenbach of Argus is shooting video of the process and you can take a peek at the progress so far at this link. Stay tuned for updates.