IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary IOANA: Science and Sustainability Murals at Hillcrest Elementary

science & sustainability murals

Rotating as a continuous story around a courtyard at Hillcrest Elementary School in Baldwin Hills (L.A.), CA, the murals hope to inspire and teach children about sustainability and science.

They are designed from a spatial experience / 3D perspective.

The entry view focuses on our large sun. That wall, which turns the corner, depicts the solar system, cloud types, radiation, light, and wind energy.

Continuing clockwise, the next wall describes sustainability in Southern California through the depiction of native plant species, geotextiles, photovoltaic and wind energy, natural ventilation, and the walkable city. It also shows communication systems.

The next long wall shows underground systems - geothermal energy and water filtration - and goes out to the ocean to depict wind and wave energy and fish locomotion.

The lightning energy example is appropriately located on the freestanding transformers.

INCOMPLETE BECAUSE...
Several obstacles prevented these murals from being completed. First, there was not enough white, and blue, paint brought in the day the volunteers came to help, so many colors could not be mixed. (The whole school was being painted, many other murals, during 5 hours.)

Second, the school got a new principal when it re-opened in the fall who was not at all interested in the project. Ioana made many futile attempts to get approval to finish it: making a detailed to do list, emailing, calling, even coming down to the school, without ever able to even speak to the principal.

This was quite unfortunate for the children, as Ioana had planned to create a little booklet which coordinated with the murals for further study. There is quite a lot of detailed information in the murals - as shown in the original design sketches - which was to be included in the finishing coat as text.

FIRST MURAL/LARGE ARTWORK
Though unfinished, this project is personally significant since it was Ioana’s first (self-taught) mural(s), and a liberating leap from drawing on a small notepad to drawing at a scale larger than the self, larger than a building. After this “bootcamp” experience, art at any scale (or making giant things) seemed possible.

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VIDEO
Shows Ioana giving the volunteers instructions

DIMENSIONS
±280’ long x 7’-8” tall

LOCATION
Baldwin Hills (LA), CA
Hillcrest Elementary School

COMMISSIONING AGENCY
L.A. Works

WORK/CREDITS
Design, Drawing, Creating (Mixing) Paint Colors, Supervising/ Instructing Volunteers:
Ioana Urma

First Paint Coat (“Color-by-Number”):
Volunteers mainly from Northrop Grumman

DATE
2008