A Friend Like You, sold
Sampler II, 5 x 5'', sold
Compassion Today, 5 x 5", $100
Pool Our Resources Sampler, 5 x 5", $75
Sampler, Colors of BCN, sold
City of Choice, 5 x 5," $100
Color and imagery transform space.
From urban streets to hospital hallways,
artists can use a real-world canvas
to bring fresh energy to sometimes surprising settings. Inspired by examples near and far,
the Building Blocks pieces explore
this ability of art to revitalize, heal and,
as emphasized by Mural Arts Philadelphia,
Underfoot in Barcelona is a mosaic of pattern, color, and texture that makes the city unique. Below my steps, I found graceful pavers and Miró and a welcome.
I became interested in the creative use of artwork in healthcare settings while volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with my therapy dog, Valley. Researching the decor of international medical facilities for children, I discovered a vibrant world of natural forms--particularly of animals. Used to encourage child-friendly spaces, these representations alleviate stress by easing way-finding, creating entertainment, and adding a sense of wonder to a difficult environment. The inspiration for this piece comes from children’s hospitals all around the world.
Building Blocks, sold
Isaiah Zagar has been creating mosaic murals on Philadelphia’s South Street since 1994, when he began working in his neighborhood’s vacant lots. This piece was inspired by Zagar’s nonprofit community art center and environment, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. The preserved site bridges street and sky with an expanse of unexpected objects, immersing visitors in a reflective and absorbing world of “visual anecdotes” layered with tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, and mirrors.
In the early 2000s, Edi Rama, the mayor of Tirana, Albania, began an effort to paint a swath of the city’s war-damaged apartment buildings in vibrant color. With energetic blocks--what Roberta Smith of The New York Times called “Mondrian in action, proof positive of the transformative power of color”--the facades took on a new life-sustaining force. According to Rama, “the ambition to make this city a city of choice and not of destiny is a utopia in itself.” Artist Anri Sala documented the vibrant patchwork in his 2003 video, “Gammi i Colori” (“Give Me the Colors”).
Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Building Blocks pieces will be donated to Mural Arts Philadelphia to support their Restorative Justice program.
Learn more about Mural Arts Philadelphia: www.muralarts.org.
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Seen on the Street, Barcelona, 8 x 8", $150