The end of August saw three large projects completed within days of one another...
Walk & Wheel Skills Hub mural
My largest-scale commission to date was finished 4 hours before the ribbon-cutting for its location. Titled Season Cycle, this 20ft diameter mural is a painted roundabout that enhances the City of Fort Collins' Walk & Wheels Skills Hub. The Skills Hub is a "miniature city" featuring streets, bike lanes, and traffic signs. It is designed to provide a safe bicycling and walking learning environment for people of all ages and abilities.
I was commissioned to paint a colorful roundabout design to complement the Skills Hub. My design features symbols representing the four seasons encircled by nearby Spring Creek. Using thick, durable and pigment-rich traffic striping paint, I worked for 4 days straight to complete the mural on time...whew!
Rat Race transformer cabinet
Rat Race: noun, informal.
Any exhausting, usually competitive activity or routine spent trying to get ahead, especially in urban life, with little time left for leisure, contemplation, etc.
This year's transformer cabinet is right next to College Avenue, just south of Swallow Drive. It shows a pack of multi-colored rats racing around a track, while mice cheer them on from the rail. Sharp-eyed pedestrians might also be able to find a cat at the center of the racetrack (on the top of the cabinet) waiting for the race's eventual winner.
The design takes its inspiration from our society's focus of constantly being “on the go,” as well as the cabinet's location next to the busy traffic of College Avenue. My hope is that viewers will be able to find the humor (and possibly futility) in such a hectic lifestyle.
Find Yourself(ie) project
Fort Collins' Lincoln Center Gallery commissioned local artists to paint 9ft x 9ft canvases that were then used as selfie backdrops. Visitors were encouraged to pose in front of these immersive environments and take photos...selfie sticks are included!
The exhibition ran from September 1st through the 23rd and was great fun for visitors to the Lincoln Center.