Intersection Repair Painting – 12 September 2009

That's me, feathering the edge between the lighter green and darker green on the salamander's belly!

That's me, feathering the edge between the lighter green and darker green on the salamander's belly! - Photo by Kathy Hill

This one was highly collaborative, so I can’t claim it as my artwork… but I had a big hand in it. The piece is located in my neighborhood at the intersection of Bimini Place and White House Place in Los Angeles, 90004 – it’s a place called Los Angeles Eco-Village. The idea of “intersection repair” paintings is from a Portland Oregon group called City Repair. Many eco-villagers including Jimmy Lizama, Lara Morrison, Melba Thorne, Doran McGee, Michelle Wong, Bobby Gadda, Kwanwoo Yu and others – had input on the overall design (which was somewhat based on an earlier collaborative design that Andrea Solk, Mark Lakeman, I, and many others came up with.)   The activity of painting was done by many many hands!

A photo showing much of the mural - including a salamader circling around a bicycle wheel (photo by Yuki Kidokoro)

A photo showing much of the mural - including a salamader circling around a bicycle wheel (photo by Yuki Kidokoro)

See blog entries at Los Angeles Eco-Village and at Homegrown Evolution for more information and more photos. Some of the design sketches are here.

my early salamander sketch (based on an idea by Jimmy Lizama)

my early salamander sketch (based on an idea by Jimmy Lizama)

 At the end of the day, painters big and small put our hand and foot prints in the crosswalks:
many painters' hands and feet - we made a big impression that day!

many painters' hands and feet - we made a big impression that day!

Here’s mine, in great company between Doran McGee and Mark Lakeman!
my footprint among many

my footprint among many

 
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2 responses to “Intersection Repair Painting – 12 September 2009

  1. This is Awesome! can you guys come and paint my intersection next? Im sure you had to get some kinda okay from the city… what does it take to get this done? Great work. Cant wait to come by and check it out!

    • If you get together a few dozen of your neighbors and some paint, I can help. We didn’t get any OK from the city – but we did talk with lots of neighbors before we did it. It also takes $250-400 worth of paint!

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