“Urban Garden Bouquet”, 2013. 36’x 174’, acrylic on ACP panels; mounted on concrete. A celebration of Brampton’s ‘Flower City’ designation and their ‘HACE’ district (heritage, arts, culture, entertainment), one that relates urban growth to the blossoming of a floral garden. A bouquet emerges for each facet of the city’s culture. The cut out polymorphic shape of the panels allows the mural to flow organically across the concrete surface of the walls.
The theme of “Urban Garden Bouquet” is based on several modular concepts that will be united into a single design on the location described.
For this mural, I have evolved the concept into a dynamic image relationship between monumental floral bouquets, vignettes of the prospering urban culture, and a dynamic interplay of representational and graphic imagery. To achieve this connection, I am using some of the motifs seen in my ‘Urban Forest’ mural, which uses colourful spherical shapes to express a similar environmental relationship. The added feature is to incorporate vignettes into many of the larger spheres to represent the flourishing spheres of activity in a dynamic metropolitan landscape. These 5 bouquets will be created as a complete panel mural, which may subsequently be separated from one another and relocated to as many as 5 different sites should the need arise. Each sphere/ bouquet unit is unique but maintains a continuity of design with a ‘look’ that will allow them to interrelate from a variety of locations.
Urban/ Garden/ Bouquet is a reminder that when we take the time to stop and ‘smell the roses’, the city and its' cultural presence prospers, blossoms like a beautiful flower garden.
The Brampton Arts Council gave me carte blanche with the design. I worked with the committee and the city to ensure symmetry between the artwork I was creating and the principles they wished to embody. I produced the artwork on panels in my studio and delivered the panels for installation.
This mural is part of my 'Urban Evolution' series of murals, in which street imagery, mural art and sign painting techniques are fused together to describe the fundamental interconnectedness of all things; the urban environment and the natural world are as one when we are on the path of spiritual growth.
Share Via Email
CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art
The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.
[ manifesto ]
Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.