The mural is a collage of elements from the courses on science and engineering taught by Iridescent, the educational non-profit inhabiting this downtown LA children’s workshop studio space.
The lower area depicts rotation about an axis - an arm, legs, a wind turbine blade, a large turbine, an airplane propeller, a bicycle chain, a truss, a gear, a saw blade, with an unusual motor in the center.
The balloon, waves, eye, acrobat, ear, bird, airplane, and fish pulling out from it discuss other topics.
The big idea is to suggest mechanical or formal relationships between things which might otherwise seem unrelated, such as an arm and a turbine, or a bird and a stingray, to inspire curiosity and a desire to learn more.
The mural is designed for this particular space and the client’s desire to maintain a neutral and calm interior, opening up and becoming more colorful as it moves toward the outside wall, keeping many elements thin - just as lines - rather than shapes of color. The colored areas were painted in a semi-gloss so that they would stand out from the flat white background in a subtle way.
Painting a mural with a white background was a bit of a nightmare, as any sketch, change, or mistake needed 3 coats of white cover.
DEMOLITION (MURAL DEATH)
Less than a year after the mural was completed, the organization had to move out of the space. In an effort to save it, the mural was cut up into parts that could be carried away. Considering the huge amount of work put into it, this was very tragic.