Murals about history & place
These are murals telling a story about the very place they are located in. All my murals are site specific, but these are more literally so. They are centered on the social practice of using art to create social interaction, in which people reflect on the history, current state, and better potential, of the very space they find themselves in.
The storytelling details in these murals are often so tiny, that they are invisible from afar. So these pieces don't Instagram well, they are not for fast consumption. To be seen, they require slowing down, stepping up close to take in the messages. This sequestration of time from our sped-up lives is part of these mural’s goal.
Most of the "big miniature paintings" in this section date from my first decade of mural painting, in the two-thousands. Some took months to complete, and involved an extensive interactive community process that the mural remained permeable to throughout its making.
A mural with miniature-detailed panels narrating life at this corner of the Tenderloin District in San Francisco, along with its history, legends, and an imaginary future. It was created through an immersive community process.
A bird's eye view of San Francisco's Market Street, divided vertically into sections showing 8 different historic periods, from the 1920's into an imaginary future. It's a reflection about what and who the street can be for, as a public space.
This is the Eastern wall of a diptych at the site of a weekly farmer's market. It contains vignettes showing the neighborhood in the past, and in a utopian future fantasy.
This is the West side of a mural diptych at the Noe farmers market in San Francisco. The banner juxtaposes two neighborhoods that share the same street: The Mission and Noe Valley.
When you look at this utility box from a specific viewpoint, its perspective lines will match those of its surroundings, providing a glimpse into an alternative reality.
Corner-wrapping mural of a letter-carrying Chiwanku bird, over a detailed bird's eye view of Cochabamba, with little references to events that unfolded during the mural's painting, and years prior.
180 feet long mural, painted by invitation of the Cochabamba Federation of Factory Workers and the association of local water cooperatives, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the uprising against water privatization in Bolivia.
This 120 foot long mural uses the invasive mustard plant, and the red and gold colors, as metaphors for El Camino Real, aka the Mission trail, within a 60 foot long map of indigenous people’s prior presence in California.
Featuring the first wildflower that made it back to barren land after its rehabilitation from industrial pollution. Its roots contain miniature paintings about the land's history, and a future vision based on resident children's wishes.
This mural narrates the history of this Californian small town. It features its native flora, and a series of vignettes show the transformation of land and communities here, from the native Ohlone indians to the present.
This mural is dedicated to the legendary Swiss Clown Dimitri, to his extended family of acrobatic performers and musicians, and to the Dimitri School, in Switzerland.
A 6000 square foot mural celebrating the first street segment in San Francisco to be converted into a bicycle path. The painting follows a bicyclists' route crossing San Francisco from East to West, mentioning alternative transportation activists…