Last June, Tacoma put out a call for artists to submit proposals for the Artscapes Program:
Spaceworks Tacoma and Downtown On The Go (DOTG) are teaming up to facilitate new Artscapes for the building walls at 11th and Market in downtown Tacoma. We are seeking artist(s), artist teams and/or community groups to transform the current “Chalk Walls” into temporary 2-dimensional, site-specific installations (Artscapes) with a theme of transportation. Artists are asked to submit proposals that will create a space that adds to the livability of downtown and positively reflects living, moving, or being downtown Tacoma.
Here's a photo of the "Chalk Walls" project. The wood panels are the surface to be painted for this call:
Kristin Giordano and I decide to tackle this challenge. Here is our initial proposed idea:
We are accepted!!!
The city also accepts Jeremy Gregory's design and decides to have us share the building, giving one side to Kristin and I and the other to Jeremy. We are tickled! Jeremy graciously takes the hilly side of the building. Thank you!
Here's our new revised design for the Market St. side of the building:
At this point of the design process, the design didn't have the "ground" indicated but on the actual final mural it will be added.
After our specified basecoat color was painted, this is what the site looked like before we began:
Time to measure. And measure. The polar bear and the "Humans, Join Us!" became the center to measure from:
After hours of working with FedEx on 19th (thank you manager Vicky and the super fantastic Jeremiah...thanks for not shouting, "No more! We never EVER want to see you both again!". Kristin even brought them donuts as a peace offering but both Vicky and Jeremiah were not working. Nice thought, though, Kristin!) to produce our images and hours of gluing these images together, here is where the application of our design began:
|First to be painted, "Humans, Join Us!" second, the polar bear is adhered.|
Next the meerkats...
|A high (Hi!) fashion/Tacoma action shot of Kristin!!!!|
The team. An attentive passerby noticed I was standing in the middle of the street with my camera and tripod, running back to Kristin to get a photo of us together once they were set. She kindly offered to take over. Phew! She only got one honk of warning from one impatient car driver.
|The cats are added.|
photo: Lisa Kinoshita
|Painting in the "ground".|
photo: Lisa Kinoshita
|The "ground" is now in place.|