I had an opportunity for a unique commission in early 2013: To create artwork for the interior the newly constructed Trinity Café. The non-profit restaurant serves a high quality meal to the homeless and hungry in the community. Since 2001 they have served over 1,500,000 meals.
The goal was to encourage the homeless diners, who likely are down on their luck. Artwork measuring 5 feet x 12 feet was executed in a contemporary style utilizing a pattern of colored circles. From a short distance the circles reveal to the viewer images of three powerful human rights icons – Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The finished art was digitally printed on canvas, stretched and installed in the dining room. A vandal resisting hanging system was engineered and fabricated by the artist.
Interspersed within the design are larger circles displaying quotes to inspire and encourage the cafe guests, all of whom are struggling, unemployed and/or living on the streets. They dine under the gaze of Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and MLK.
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