electrical traffic box vinyl wrap
wellsprings (eventually) chosen for public art in Olympia
I originally created this dye-painted silk mural for the City of Olympia to direct purchase. Sadly, they did not select it to buy. However, a couple years later, In July 2016, I proposed digital imagery from this original artwork to be reproduced on vinyl wraps to cover one of ten East Olympia traffic boxes. This time, by pubic vote, it was selected.
THANK YOU, VOTERS ! There were 99 art entries and nearly 30,000 votes cast. I'm grateful for the many Facebook "likes" (votes) which placed me officially number eight--within the winning top ten. My art design has been digitally printed to vinyl.
The vinyl wraps a traffic box in East Olympia,
at Boulevard Road and 18th Avenue.
As of June 2017, after awaiting weather consistently above 50 degrees, the vinyl wraps have finally been installed. I think mine was one of the last completed.
As the vinyl wrap is a reproduction, I still own the physical original. I've displayed it in my home and studio and throughout Washington and in North Carolina and South Carolina.
In Seattle, the artwork was suspended in the center of dimly lit room and projected it with water-effect lighting, with music softly playing. The effect was a submerged environment--quietly refreshing for the soul.
history of wellsprings
When my hometown of Olympia put forth a call for direct purchase of existing artwork from local artists, I created and submitted a large diptych in silk. Including a one-foot space between the two parts, it measures four feet high by thirteen feet long.
For Olympia, I employed light and water as metaphor for art and artists as revealers and nourishers of the community. I proposed this artwork with the title Artisan Wellsprings--an obvious play on local artesian wells made famous by the Olympia Brewery. As Olympia is known for many artesian wells, and has a bounty of salt, fresh and falling water, this is a fitting metaphor for our city.
Click on the photo at right for an enlarged view of that panel.
I have gently amplified the colors and refracted light effect in this artwork. The imagery is inspired by our McAliister Springs watershed is recognizable, yet enhanced to evoke a sense of wonder and beauty. Personally, I love the colorful stones illuminated by water-bent light.
The original dye-painted silk artwork Wellsprings was not selected by jury for purchase by the City of Olympia. However, a couple years later, the digital imagery from this artwork was selected to print into a vinyl wrap for a traffic control box in East Olympia.
Click on the photo below for a closer view.