This kind of came out of left field to me. Converse asked me and my longtime buddy Kenji Nakayama to work with Jeff Grantz and Christie Digital to create a projection-mapped (I had to look up what that meant) animation for the Illuminus Festival on October 25, 2014 in Boston’s South End. I am basically a very low tech person – it’s all I can do to update my dang web site, let alone code anything – but I do love to work with people who look at computers the way I look at walls and paint. The results were projected on this empty shell of a building on Harrison Ave that everyone in town knows.
Here’s my animation and then Kenji’s… these are just my handheld iphone vids, nothing pro in the least for now, but hopefully you get the idea. It was really cool. My video has some priceless townie play by play in the background.
The EMF Building is a music jam space on Brookline Street in Cambridge, right down from the Middle East. I grew up down the street from it when it was vacant for years, and since then, the neighborhood has changed quite a lot as it’s become a big money tech and science hub of the world. This was a no-money rooftop ladder job that’s bigger than it looks and my legs feel it. I can’t imagine taking this on without a personal connection to the place, but the home town thing is very real to me. This is called “The future home of where this used to be.”
At 44 feet tall and 120 feet long, this mural is probably my biggest one yet, and all the more special to me in that I got to do it in my home state of Massachusetts. It’s called “The Block Player” and inspired by watching my toddler daughter build and play. Thanks to everyone who made this possible, especially Erin and the PAWG, the Worcester Rotary Club, Converse, my magnificent assistant and buddy Jimbo, and many more.
Converse produced a 2-minute video of the process, too.
For the past five of so years, I’ve spent a couple of weekend days a year as part of a service project landscaping and generally keeping up the exterior of the Tobin Elementary School on Boston’s Mission Hill. It’s in a beautiful location, just across a lovely park from the Mission Church, one of Boston’s most special churches. I did my first large mural on this corner entry of the school in 2009, and five years on, it was time to give the new generation of students something that they could identify with as their own mural for their own era at the school. I brought in my many-time collaborator Katie Yamasaki and it was on. Big thank you to Converse for making this possible.
16′ x 100′ mural on Main Street, Fitchburg, MA. Made possible through an NEA Our Town grant. Thank you to the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Art Museum, MART, MRPC, Fitchburg State University, the Arc of Opportunity, and everyone who honked, gave a thumbs up, or stopped by to say hello.
Life coming full circle moment as Ed Emberley came through early on and sprayed a few dots…