Birdman Senior

Submitted by Raphael Grischa

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Client

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $3,000

Project Team

Artist

Raphael Grischa

Curator, Gallerist

Jason Ostro

Gabba Gallery

Overview

This mural was part of the “Gabba Alley Project” in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles by curator and gallerist Jason Ostro who put together this project with many artists from all over the globe. The mural is approximately 20 meters wide and 5 meters high and has been painted with spray cans. This project was honoured by a Letter of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles.

Goals

The goal was the social aspect of bringing colour and art to this specific neighbourhood and its alleys. The artists were free to pitch any creative ideas that are neighbourhood friendly; no religious, political and graphic sexual content.

Process

The gallerist Jason Ostro took care of the communication between the landlord and me and organised all material needed including a portable lift. The mural was then painted during 4 days.

Additional Information

The name of the artwork was inspired by my "Birdman Junior" artwork I did at my stepsisters restaurant backyard in Switzerland before I came to Los Angeles. It was like presenting the growth of my roots coming from a small village entering Los Angeles and having the opportunity to "fly". Acknowledging where I come from.