Mark


Mural
site-specific installation, projection mapping, digital video | 33’ 27” loop | 2017


Using images of the surrounding area reflected on footage of moving water, Mural is a modern representation of the spirit of Santa Paula. The piece contains six parts of image sequences from the nature and human landscape, shops, street view to interior space with visual effect. With the opening of the Cole Creativity Center, water is used as a metaphor to highlight the creation of a new gathering place for the community.

In 2017, a building donated to the Santa Paula art museum was renovated and reopened as the Cole Creativity Center, a community center for Santa Paula. The installation, Mural, is specifically made for the grand opening of the Cole Creativity Center,and for the Santa Paula community.

The unique structure of the facade of the Cole creativity Center inspires the idea of steps of water. Water is an important part of Santa Paula due to the city’s geographical location in Santa Clara Valley, as well as due to its history as an agrarian society. With the opening of the Cole Creativity Center, water is also used as a metaphor of new energy and sustainability to highlight the creation of a new gathering place for the community.

Art has been entrenched in Santa Paula residents’ lives by the form of murals, of which they are very proud. With the murals depicting their history, I want to make a modern mural that represents the current spirit of Santa Paula. With the help of Adrian, a member of the local Lion team, and my partner, Drew, hundreds of pictures were taken around Santa Paula and made into six sequences of images including natural and human landscapes, shops, street views and interior spaces.

The Cole Creativity Center is expected to be a place that gathers people and starts conversations through the inspiration of art. Through the idea of reflection, Mural carries the museum's hope of improving the community by generating appreciation of the place through presenting the beauty of Santa Paula and to reduce the distance between art and everyday life by making art that residents can resonate with.



Photographed and filmed by Shan Wu, Adrian Escobar, Andrew CavicchiDocumentation: Shan Wu, Wren Warner
In collaboration with Santa Paula Art Museum,
Fillmore Leo Club Teen participant: Adrian,
Special thanks to: Michelle Glass, Jennifer Orcutt Heighton, Seana-Marie Sesma
Supervisor: Astra Price