“Chelsea Flowers” is a 17ft X 9ft mural that sits above the registration desk in the entrance of the Marriott Courtyard in Manhattan. It is located in New York’s flower district and Chelsea. There are 153 one foot by one foot tiles with beads, metal birds,
grass hoppers, butterflies and mosaic flowers. The hotel is at street level and the façade of the building is glass. I have been told by the staff, New Yorkers cross the street and come to see the art.
I was first given the subject of “Clouds” to make the mural of. I worked up all kinds of ideas and was told no. After some discussion, I found out “nature” was important and it didn’t have to be clouds. I thought flowers would be good because of the location. Flowers were accepted. For color, I was given swatches of the wallpaper, carpet, and curtains, along with paint chips and wood samples.
I took the given colors and added jewels, texture and intensity. I layered flower on flower on a deep, dark leafy background. I got away with doing exactly what I wanted to do because not only was this Courtyard was in Manhattan, it was in Chelsea and they wanted something artistically special.
This project was different because I worked with the developer. I had to stay within the designer’s guidelines, but once the preliminary design was approved, I was on my own.
Project completed March 2015
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