Branch Library, Solana Beach, CA
My series of murals entitled “Community Knowledge” were inspired by a quotation taken from Albert Einstein that emphasizes the pleasure in work and the knowledge of the resulting value to the community. The murals draw on the contribution of the library to the success of the community and its students by showing through illustrated vignettes the categories of information found in the library. The images also depict within these larger themes details unique to the community of Solana Beach.
Solana Vista Elementary School, Solana Beach, CA
“Mr. Ludwiczak’s Quilt” was created as a permanent gift for a retiring principal. With only three weeks remaining in the school year, the PTA asked if I would create a mural to honor the much loved principal. I had each child’s classroom create their own design in glass tile using a tile grid with colors that represented their grade level. When the finished piece was assembled, the individual patterns provided a visual record of the retiring principals forty-year career, with each square representing a year and each individual tile representing the estimated 10,000 children he had taught. The finished mural was unveiled at an assembly the last day of school.
Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, CA
For the design of this fountain, I chose the spiral to symbolize movement, energy and connection with nature. The triple spiral is often referred to as the spiral of life. It is associated with the phases of the moon (waxing, full and waning) as well as life and its cycle. In honor of Ellen Browning Scripps, each center of the spiral contains the three phases of the butterfly, an archetypal symbol of transformation, mystical rebirth and the transcendent soul. The mosaic is composed of hand made ceramic and glass and includes pieces of gold stained glass from the former church, which stood on the grounds of the new addition to the hospital.
"Peace to the Community" is an original mosaic that represents historical buildings in Glendale including City Hall, the High School, the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the original Sanitarium. Images of the surrounding geography include the Verdugo and San Gabriel Mountains, the Los Angeles River, California poppies and orange groves, a crop that was important in the early settlement of the area. Above all flies a dove with an olive branch symbolizing peace to our community and to the world.
This narrow courtyard serves as the entry for a spectacular ocean view home. The “pooling water” was created with a mosaic of hand made tile and tumbled glass set into a seeded aggregate which included sea shells, pieces of abalone and fossilized coral.
photos courtesy of Darren Edwards
“Time Interwoven” is a Commissioned Award from the San Diego Airport Art Commission located in the Commuter Terminal Lobby. The artwork plays on these definitions:
Trav-el v. To move or go from one place or point to another.
Weave v. To move to and fro, to unite into a coherent whole.
The artwork presents a visual metaphor that weaves the act of travel with the notion of global patterns that we create as we crisscross the globe and each other daily. The glass panels are lit by two rows of LED lights that provide a constant, low illumination but are set on a 24-hour clock to move a higher illumination of light behind each color band on the face of the artwork.
Glass, synthetic resin, aluminum • 9’ x 15’
Poiset Dental Office, San Diego, CA
“Under the Sea” is a series of mosaic murals for a California pediatric dental office. As a lifelong resident of San Diego, Dr. Poiset wanted to celebrate the relationship he has with the Ocean giving me a list of marine life he wanted portrayed in mosaic. The result was a series of mosaics composed of glass and ceramic tile reflecting the variety of sea life found off the coast of California.
Though I trained as a fine artist, my background in graphic design has had
significant influence on the work that I create. The motivation to create
art has always been justified by making the work have a purpose or function.
Initially my work in clay was entirely functional tableware with the flat
areas of the form acting as a canvas for my decorative and narrative
designs. Most recently I have pursued forms that are not driven by specific
utility, but I have given these ceramic totems purpose by inserting symbols
and images so that they function as a new form of visual communication.
Topiaries, Palm Desert, CA
Selected for the El Paseo Invitational Sculpture Exhibit, ³Topiaries²
represent man¹s intervention in nature, as without man¹s hand such shapes
could not exist. My colorful topiaries and their placement in the desert
symbolize the human drive to influence nature in what are sometimes
Sculpture was purchased by the City of Pasadena.
The metal fence was designed as a tribute to the retiring School Superintendent and her contribution to both the students of the School District and the children of California. The active, silhouetted figures spanning the local elementary school fence represent all young people and the children that we all once were. Designed with all of the figures headed towards the entrance to the School, they are meant to convey a sense of playfulness and enthusiasm for the start of the school day.
Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
I designed a continuous, large-scale mural spanning the lobby areas of four floors of the new Acute Care Pavilion for Rady Children’s Hospital. The ceramic and glass tile murals are based on my original illustrations depicting local plant and animal life including off shore fish, the Coronado Lighthouse and a Frisbee catching dog and define the themes for each floor: sea, beach, sky and space. The mosaic murals are designed for the smallest visitors and can be viewed from both inside and outside the building.
Solana Highlands School, San Diego, CA
The artwork contains symbols that represent Solana Highlands School including a large sun representing “Solana” which is of Spanish origin and means sunlight or sunny area, a dolphin which is the school mascot and waves representing the Pacific Ocean on the left and the low lying mountains representing the highlands on the right. Torrey Pines are present in this area and prominent on campus so are shown in the bottom corner. Hot air balloons are a familiar sight for children in this area, the colors chosen for the three balloons are from the character counts program: Blue- Trustworthiness, Yellow- Respect, Orange –Fairness, Red- Caring and Purple- Citizenship
Solana Pacific Elementary School, San Diego, CA
With a new school under construction in the district, I worked with the architect and project managers to integrate a permanent memorial to the retiring school superintendent. The library was the obvious choice as one of her major legacies as an educator was the establishment of the statewide “California Reads” program. I created a terrazzo design for the threshold entry to the reading room that was rich with symbolism of her 35-year career.
Open Border, Tempe, Arizona
"Open Border" addresses the blurred area where the university and the city
intersect. Thousands of vehicles pass by this area each day and "Open
Border" was designed to represent one of the most important aspects to a
public university, that it is open to all and that barriers to entrance are
minimized to encourage all to participate, there is no barrier to what a
person can learn or achieve through education. My piece is designed to
dispel the idea of a border between a community and a university a border
that does not actually exist. I involved two local community school groups
to help with the installation by selecting and stacking the individual
modules that compose the fence posts. By involving local students,
additional barriers are bridged those between the artist and the public
and between primary and higher education.
Urban Tree, San Diego, California
The Port of San Diego sponsors an ongoing sculpture exhibit "Urban Trees" to
showcase original sculptural work along the San Diego waterfront that will
provide site activation similar to planted trees. "Tree Rings" is my tribute
to the Port of San Diego's 40th Anniversary with each ring representing a
milestone in the history of the Port. The stacked ceramic rings are a visual
timeline that continues up to the tip which points to the future. "Tree
Rings" was also included in the "Suburban Tree" sculpture exhibition at the
William D. Cannon Gallery in Carlsbad, CA.