My proposal for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center is to create a tile mural depicting the grand beauty of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and the perfect geometry of the Sunset and Richmond districts in vivid detail. The mural will cover the entire southern wall of the Tennis Center. This image of San Francisco alludes to the design of a tennis court. The white streets suggest the white lines of the court. The green strip of the park suggests the width of the net.
The overall design will have a strong, visual trajectory, signifying motion and action. Upon close inspection, the design also has a map like quality. People who live in the neighborhood can locate their house, apartment or familiar streets. The long, straight avenues of the neighborhood will remain unmarked and white, as will the meandering roads inside the park. This approach will lead the viewer’s eye around the design and create a dynamic impact from up close as well as from a distance.
Illustrating landmarks such as the De Young Museum, The California Academy of Sciences and the Tennis Center the strip of the park is depicted at the same angle as the roof of the building, complimenting the architecture. The style of the artwork will have a hand-made, friendly feel that provides an entertaining view meant for contemplation of the community as well as a strong, graphic image that can be seen from a distance.
The color palette of the design complements the color scheme of the building that was presented by the architects. It includes several of the same colors such as light blue and an array of greens. The peach and gold colors chosen by the architects for the building are naturally highlighted by my design’s use of white as well as the pastels and greys of the houses.
The location of the mural is on the wall designated for art on the community center’s southern end. The artwork covers the entire 226 square feet of the wall. The mural will measure 8’x21’6”x10’ with a 1 foot border of white tile surrounding the entire design. This white tile border visually frames the piece and integrates the white streets into the overall design.
My artwork will then be fabricated by Winsor Fireform, located in Tumwater, Washington who has decades of experience fabricating projects all over the world. Specializing in porcelain enamel and ceramic, graphic tile, they are a leader in the world of public art fabrication. They are familiar with my work and have fabricated frames for a permanent, public art project I completed in Los Angeles. They are also familiar with the location around the Tennis Center as they fabricated the signage for Golden Gate Park.
The kiln-fired method they use creates art tiles that are resistant to graffiti and will not fade. They are durable and require minimal maintenance. They are guaranteed for 5 years and guaranteed not to fade for at least 25 years.
All that is required for routine maintenance will be washing with soap and water and soft brush. Ammonia based cleaner such as Windex is fine as well. Graffiti can be removed with a solvent. Power washing is not recommended as it can wear away the grout over time.
Fern Tile Company will install the tile. They are a Bay Area ceramic, tile contractor business that has been installing tile for 28 years. They have done extensive commercial and residential tile installation and have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating.
It will take me approximately 4 months to create the final design, photograph and prepare the digital files of the drawing. Winsor Fireform estimates that upon final approval of the artwork, fabrication will take 8 weeks. Shipping is estimated to be another week.
My role as sub-contractor for these companies will be significant. I will oversee their work and ensure that they deliver the goods and services in a timely manner and with in the stated budget. I have completed other public art projects where I hired installers, framer and fabricators and the process has always been seamless and with in the requirements of the projects. In terms of other experience, I worked at the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for five years as an administrative assistant where I was responsible for coordinating the movement of fragile art works as well as purchasing imaging equipment and researching and hiring technicians to service the equipment. I am also a homeowner and have done extensive renovations on my home.
The art I would create for this community center supports the building’s function as a place for connection, activity, contemplation, discovery and a shared civic identity.
My art provides viewers with a new perspective on their city and the chance to see it as a large, ongoing project, built by many, shared by all. This design would enhance the experience of the tennis center by representing the warmth and energetic spirit of the athletic community.
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