The design was in part influenced from a poem by the Spanish Poet Antonio Machado.
The imagery in the mural ultimately leads to rebirth, represented by the phoenix, but it is also about the road getting there. I did not want to be too literal, allowing it to be open to interpretation. The elemental images can be phases of a person's journey or flashes of memories intertwined, overlapping, and blending into one another. To me the meaning is in constant flux. I was fortunate enough to find a model from the area which posed for the large female portrait in the mural. The figure is representative of serene clarity through constant change.
The mural was painted over the course of a month. I had many helpful volunteers from the local community and guest artists which left their distinct mark on the mural. The initial idea development was a collaboration between community and the committee at Intercity Fellowship Hall.
Special thanks to:
Artist Assistant Chuck Jordan
Guest Artists Guillermo Avalos, Daniel Barajas, Reba Castaneda, & Tom Sherwood
Volunteers: Jonathan Gomez, Noe Lopez, Devin Meza, Carla Rivas, Sammy RIvas, Peter & Jeannette Ruiz, Penelope & Joaquin Chavez
Model Jackie Medel
Intercity Fellowship Hall Mural Committee
Office of 9th District Councilman Rex Richardson & Field Deputy Christian Cambridge
Below are images of the mural in detail
Progression of a Portrait