Tuesday was a beautiful and sunny day. Spent the afternoon investigating the site of an upcoming public art project in South San Francisco. It also included an orientation meeting with a cultural arts specialist from the city. The purpose was to go over the do’s and don’ts of an upcoming public art project and other expectations.
According to the city’s website: “This public art mural program celebrates local artwork and encourages regional artists to share their creativity throughout the City of South San Francisco. Vibrant artwork helps deter unsightly graffiti and creates pleasant spaces for residents and visitors alike. We invite artists to participate in this unique program designed to transform common utility boxes into works of art, which will add beauty to the City of South San Francisco streetscape for years to come.”
The utility box that I’ll be painting is on the corner of Sister Cities Blvd. and Hillside Blvd. There are three large trees that shade the area and a commemorative bench sitting on a small walkway. The location is hugged on both sides by large hills or small mountains that open to the expansive sky.
My proposed design incorporates the history of South San Francisco while investigating its natural and manmade environments. I wanted my artwork to link the Ohlone people, Spanish settlers, Pacific Live Stock Company, and current infrastructure. The main color will be green/blue to reflect the area’s natural barrier to fog. The black lines branch out like a tree paying homage to the city’s history of being the birthplace of biotechnology while celebrating its future. Overall, I hope the viewer employs the history of South San Francisco as a template to discover their own path.
The next step in the process is to obtain certification and proper permits. When approved and if weather permits, the painting will begin. Can’t help but be excited and hopeful for this project. It’s something new, a challenge, and an honor to be given this opportunity. Ready, set, and go!