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At a dark and foreboding highway overpass i will create a GATEWAY of colorful images about  TREES   on 14   20'  tall columns
At a dark and foreboding highway overpass i will create a GATEWAY of colorful images about TREES on 14 20' tall columns
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Project Description-----------------------------------------------Alan Leon

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

secure permits and approvals november 2012 -february 2013
design refinement           nov  2012- january 2013

community meeting january 2013
preparation of columns    february 2014
artwork creation             february- june 2014
VI BUDGET
Expenses
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 viability

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