About two weeks ago I was asked to submit a design to ArtSpan (my favorite arts non-profit) for a large wall mural. They have procured some office space in a building on Market Street that I believe they are going to offer artists to recently displaced artists. Here in the city art studios are being torn down to make room for giant condos. Several artists are losing their creative spaces as well as their hubs for doing business.
So I submitted a design and kept moving. I am super duper busy. That’s not a complaint. And I was astonished to hear that my mural design was the one they picked for their new building. In fact, when the Director of ArtSpan, Joen Madonna, called to make sure it wasn’t too much for me to deal with and tell me the good news…..I cried. You see, it has been a dream of mine since the day I moved to this city to have a wall mural in SF. This is a city full of amazing wall murals….and I wanted so desperately to be a part of that. The only real problem was that I have NO idea how to make a wall mural.
ArtSpan actually hired muralist Robert Minervini to help me through the planning process. Robert answered all of my questions and really supported me in this. They also provided staff to order supplies, get equipment rented and come paint. Allison Snopek not only made all of that stuff happen but her incredible attitude and general way of interaction always keeps me sane. I am so honored to have made yet another art adventure with this fierce and hardworking woman. Thank you!
ArtSpan also sent out the call for several volunteers to come and make this mural. So many great artists responded to the call. Claudio, Rafe, Amy, Megan, Melisa, Stacy, Kristine, Theresa (my wife even painted), Barb (my mom even painted), Dan, Z, James, Joseph, Celeste (another ArtSpan staffer and general bad ass!), Hillary, Ashley, Leah, Gladys, Harvey, Shane, Sonia, Lexi, Adam, Niki, and I am fairly sure I forgot someone (email me)… You guys kicked ass! THANK YOU for making our mural what it is!
I feel like we made a huge gift to the city, and people thanked us all week long. You should all be very proud of ‘Bird Song 3’. Enjoy.