We are thrilled to have been awarded a public art grant from the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, for artwork to be installed in the Service High School in Anchorage.
Through this grant we will design, create and install 10 handmade, ceramic art murals on architectural columns in the high school cafeteria. The art committee requested that the chosen artwork bring light and the natural environment into the room since the school is in session during the darkest days of the year. Our botanical designs and rich, luminous glazes seemed a natural fit for this project.
We will be creating 10 handmade tile murals depicting the flora of the region, with a focus on flowers. Twenty-four, 16" x 16" tiles will be grouted to each column. Because the murals will wrap around the columns, the viewer will get a different perspective on the mural, depending on where he stands.
Here is our rendering of the proposed idea:
architectural rendering of the cafeteria columns
Our first mural depicts the flower, Fireweed, in the foreground. This image shows the carved tiles, not yet bisqued or glazed.
Photoshopped rendition of tiles grouted to a column
The mural, in process
Stay tuned for our next mural featuring the Chocolate Lily.
sgraffito-carving in action