coiled wines mural
Recently, I partnered with Garden City Placemaking Fund, Conservation Voters of Idaho, and Surel’s Place to paint a mural on the Coiled Wines tasting room located on 34th and Chinden in Garden City. I have done several interior murals where my artwork was scanned, enlarged, printed on vinyl wall covering, and applied to the wall, but this is my first public painted mural and largest artwork to date, measuring 26’ wide x 16’ tall. Thankfully, my abstract landscape work with its clean lines and flat colors lends itself to the large-scale format of mural painting. The goal of this project is to inspire climate action awareness, to beautify the neighborhood, and to encourage walkability in Garden City. The most rewarding part of this experience was interacting with the commuters, patrons, pedestrians, business owners, construction workers, and residents of Garden City daily and experiencing firsthand the overall positive impact that public art can have on the community.
In total it took me about 2 weeks to complete the mural, averaging about 4-5 hours per day. I can only hold a paint brush up over my head for so long! From this experience, I have learned that it is rarely the artist alone who executes these large-scale projects. We all need support; such an endeavor requires the help of volunteers and other stakeholders of the project weighing in. Thus, for me, mural painting is all about collaboration and engaging with the community in an exciting and thoughtful way. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the project!
Photos by Aaron Rodriguez and Matthew Wordell of VisionKit Studio.