|Sierra as Melisande
We recently completed a sizable mural for the Children's Room in the Burlingame Public Library. I am so thrilled with the transformation of this space!
The mural was commissioned by the Burlingame Library Foundation to commemorate the centennial celebration of the Library.
My goal was to create a look that appears original to the room, as though it's always been there. Indeed it is hard to imagine the room without the paintings.
|the entire room was treated as part of the mural
The North "main" mural wall is about 37 feet wide and the ceilings are 20 feet high. The first 5 feet of the walls are filled with bookcases, so all of the murals had to be painted with perspective from below eye-level.
There is a large metal grate and a little maintenance door in this wall, that I worked into the design, so the architecture became part of the composition of the mural.
|small maintenance door transformed into a secret castle entrance
I had a lot of fun re-imagining this little door area, to make it an entrance to a castle, or possibly, another world.
|mice and faeries among the poppies
We added images all around the room, so the room becomes a story, its walls the pages of a favorite book. Details like tiny faeries, mice, and California poppies become more noticeable when you get up close.
|read a book!
Centennial Mural story in San Mateo Times
Bay Area Art Quake review by Phil Gravitt!
My thanks to:
Burlingame Library Foundation for their support and this amazing commission
the Burlingame Librarians for all their research and enthusiasm
interior design consultant Michelle Nelson
I would especially like to acknowledge the contributions of my associates Sierra Helvey and Melka Myers who were instrumental in the design and production of this project.