About this project
I. The project proposes to create an entirely new branch of Temescal Flows Public Art Mural Project ; the project consists of painted artworks on 14 Caltrans highway columns at 54th street and Shattuck avenue in Oakland, California. The designs will be thematically coordinated and offer fresh perspectives to the larger recently competed artrwork 3 blocks away. The artwork , which is under the highway 24 overpass, will create a gateway along Shattuck Ave. in both directions. The rounded concrete columns are between 15' to 19' in height with an 8'-10' length and offer a substantial "canvas" on which to paint.
This project would extend the aesthetic established on 52nd street and bring the feeling of motion, hope for our future, care, and a celebration of the genius of local place, as well as "color therapy" to the neighborhood. The highway crosses Shattuck ave. at a very acute angle making it an ideal place for a bold artwork. This project will give expression to new variations of wave forms, color tapestries and organically unfolding images that recall the Temescal Creek and other nature patterns like the importance of trees in the urban fabric.
As the artist for Temescal Flows Mural (2 painted highway fascias and 17 painted columns) I am committed to bringing light and color to the pedestrian, bicycle, and auto traffic traversing a dark and foreboding underpass. I endeavor to inspire peoples' creativity and delight passersby. A cared for, artistically inspiring block makes for a better quality of urban life. It can bring much joy.
Partners are Vas Kiniris, building owner on Shattuck ave. and the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District and Association, as well as many neighborhood artist collaborators.
Community connections----strong roots and involvement in the community in an artistic and social presence. I have painted Telegraph avenue business murals such as Rent-A- Relic and Pico Paco Restaurant. I have lived in the area for over 14 years. I participated in the recent Holiday Stroll as the labrynth co-creator and have participated in numerous telegraph/temescal street fairs.
Similarities and differences with existing completed work-- the project will be similar in as much as the same palette, paint, technique and style will be used. The overall design goals of adding color, care and vivacious design to a dark underpass will remain. The flowing design theme will differ in that it will be specific to the immediate environment and incorporate other local elements such as having more variation in wave forms, more transparent overglazing and more contrast.
However the project will coordinate well with existing 52nd street project.
II. Timeline for completion of project
permits and approvals november 2012 -february 2013
design refinement nov 2012- january 2013
meeting january 2013
preparation of columns february 2014
artwork creation february- june 2014VI BUDGET
materials—paint-- $ 6000
scissors lift rental $ 1200
graffiti prevention coating $ 1000
design time 40 hoursx$40 $ 1600
cleaning and preparation 30hrs x $40 $ 1200
painting time -artist 390 hrs x $40 $ 15,600
collaborators time 200 hrs x $ 20 = $ 4000
other costs-insurance $ 300
brushes , masks,rags , scrapers = $ 100
TOTAL EXPENSES = $ 31,000
The request for funds from the Open Circle Foundation is for $20,000 and $20,000 has been granted.
The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District will potentially contribute $ 2000 to the project . No funds are presently allocated.
Vas Kiniris (local building owner) will contribute $4000 in kind donation
The remaining approximately $5000 will be raised by a community kickstarter campaign/ sponsor a column endeavor
Risks and challenges
i am enlisting oakland city council to get a resolution of support for the project ....................... if for any reason the Shattuck Avenue Gateway project does not happen all kickstarter supporters will be fully refunded
Caltrans has supported my previous project and if denied i will work with them to modify the project--its in their interest---also am signing a maintenance agreement with the city so they are confident about the project viabilityLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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