Friday, September 26, 2008
I recently came back from an exhibit in Toronto as the Burroughes Gallery (which is up until the end of month - see detail below), and I started the next mural!
I titled it Diversitree as it remains along the theme of diversity and its a tree!
It is on the corner of Cavendish and Somerled, if you wish to pay us a visit (Im working along side my good friend George again on this one, and Guillaume helped me kick it off)
the sketch has changed from this version but i'll let it be a surprise..
Friday, September 5, 2008
the fade in the sky has been quite a challenge being so large..I have ordered a gallon of purple to finish the gamma
unfortunately, at 6pm a man passed by to ask us to stop working as the Mayor received a call about he mural not being totally approved..we had a meeting that night where many people showed up to hear about the mural and artist, including local citizens, Mayor Tremblays brother and representatives from arrondisement Cote-des-Naiges, prevention NDG and Des Jardin. We explained out goal and everyone was very enthusiastic and supportive of out mission, but there was one rude man (a city official of the area) who spoiled it for everyone and now the project is on pause until Monday where a meeting will be had about this.
Crossing my fingers,
Back to work, finished the primer and bought some paint to finish the sketching..
Guillaume helped in painting green triangles, also known as "trees" - he painted 101 to be exact.
At one point I was
..and i couldnt reach some parts of my back i guess
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I started sketching with some left over paint but that didnt last so i primed triple-time with them..
Cops passed by to do their job..
10 hours later we ran out of 15 gallons of primer and decide that's enough for today. Notice the little rectangle at the end that haunted us in our dreams..
Under the theme "Celebrating Diversity" I created this simple but concise narrative of the neighborhoods multicultural coexistence the mural is being produced in. To get my inspiration I visited Victoria road and walked all the way through, going in and out of businesses speaking with as many people as possible from all walks of life to ask them what they would like to see painted on the wall. I noticed most of the people that inhabit the area are from warm climates, like the Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and other Caribbean nations as well as and Pakistan, India, Philippines, etc. They all treated me with the same warmth they grew up in and would treat a relative with. They voiced their interest in seeing themes like the youth, social justice and local pride yet unity as a main message.
I went around taking photographs which I used directly in the design, from the diversity of fruit to the children’s playground. By using shapes as recurring elements in the design, I conveyed the concept of unity in all races, such us circles to express the circle of life and planet Earth as the home we all inhabit, as well as triangles to express the mind, body and soul we all posses, and the trinity of family and responsibilities we all have to them. It is through everyday responsibilities we have to each other, and to ourselves such as doing our laundry, or simple acts like we all enjoy such as sports and eating, that we find common ground and which can bring us together as one people.
The sketch has not been modified to the what final version will be but you get the picture...instead of having country flags hanging in the clothing line, i will be using ethnic clothes from the different countries the area represent such as a Saree, Baron, Kimono, Ethiopian cloth, Japanese silk, Dashiki, a soccer jersey and a plain t-shirt with an image of out planet to not forget where we all come from.