The name of our Mural Mosaic and Clay Tile art project is the "Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. Prisms of Color in Outer Space". I took photos of some of the individual clay tiles on the developing mosaic mural (9ft high by 20 ft. long) that I think are terrific. It is hard to choose though since each one seems to have its own special positive energy! The first tile depicts a space ship where a visually challenged individual is talking a walk. I posted a photo of the Port Discovery Children's Museum the day we had our first opening celebration for the first Mural "Rainbows Of Love Over Our Happy Working Community" in May of 2011. You can see the huge crowd of people that came to celebrate with us. They had to push the crowd apart so that all the individuals using wheelchairs who had made clay tiles on the mural were able to get to the mural and celebration site! Some of the local news channels came down and made movies of the event. That was a very busy month as I also at the same time I was helping to plan bringing an entire school to their opening ceremony of their mural I was also getting ready to be in some important art exhibits! In the photo of me in my studio I am standing next to a painting on clay tiles of mine I named "Portrait". I really liked the image a lot and so I also turned it into a digital image and have displayed this piece in several shows that way as well. You can read more about it here:
I also found some close detail shots of the individual 3x5 foot mosaic panels so you can see the individual clay tiles that the students with challenges, their families and community volunteers who came to work with them, up close a little bit better. I am just fascinated with the individual creativity of each clay tile. Watching the mural develop is just like watching some sort of giant magical doll house appear. The individual areas are so rich with detail. I believe there is a collective creativity in humanity that joins us all together in a positive way where we can celebrate our differences. As I watch the murals developing I am convinced that humanity is a puzzle and we are the individual pieces that fit together to make a greater whole. In my vision which is expressed in my mural designs, humans are meant to work together and help each other. The murals though lively and playful looking seem to carry a much deeper meaning.
I am also a digital artist and I spend a lot of time creating digital images. For this digital photo I had to borrow a collection of rare butterflies and moths from biologists so I could take the photograph to superimpose it on the other photograph with Photoshop CS. I love butterflies and dragonflies, they represent freedom to me and my murals are full of them. This digital photo is named "The Magician touches the Red Butterfly Angel's Soul". In between working on all these different projects I am often working with magazines that are writing articles about my work or my community work. There is no time to contact me during the day when I'm working on the mosaic murals so they often make appointments with me to interview me in the middle of the night at 3 or 4 am in the morning ( after I've gotten some sleep from 9 pm to that time!) That's how most of this whole week was! I go back to sleep from 6am to 7am! The Baltimore Port Discovery Children’s Museum also has another mural I designed and that was student/family/community assisted "Named Rainbows Of Love Beneath The Ocean" 6ft high by 15ft long. That one is bigger size than the first mural installed permanently at the museum which was made of four 3x5 foot panels; it has six 3x5 foot panels. They are both on the first floor in very prominent positions. They are so beautiful that whenever I come to visit the museum and first see them they take my breathe away in awe! I'm very proud of my mural assistants/volunteers. As I go back to the different museums and visit my murals there are tiles on there of some of my volunteers who have since passed away. When I see their clay tile they made for example a grandfather that I remember fondly, who came to help very often, and made most of the clay ducks tiles swimming in the pond. It like I’m seeing a little piece of his soul right there smiling at me! I might otherwise forget these wonderful people who helped but when I see their clay tiles they placed inside my mural their full memory comes back alive to me. During the first mural I was also teaching classes at night at Coppin State University and Baltimore County Community College trying to raise extra money to fund my community projects. Here is a photo of me making a large clay head! After the first mural was finished and we had the honor of the museum asking if they could install our mosaic mural permanently, once it was up then some amazing sponsors appeared like angels to help us. Champions For The Challenged and Courage Lion Unlimited. Here is their Facebook page. I notice they have a couple of photos of our murals at the museum on their Facebook page. Our first mural that the museum accepted took us three years!! But with their support the second mural only took one year and I was able to quit one of my three jobs! Courage lion unlimited is also so amazing. We love them both so much. They helped us build new tables for our students in wheelchairs, bought us art materials for our second and current mural projects and fixed our Olympic sized therapeutic swimming pool. Gosh was a big deal that was but that is for another story. When our pool finally opened we were on channel 11 news for a couple days! All their donations got us this far on our current mural project that United States Artists is helping us with now. This mural is so huge and a very huge dream to try and make come true so we need the love and support of a greater size community outreach. Your donations are much appreciated but even more we need your daily encouragement! This is a huge effort but one that will benefit hundreds of thousands of people who will see it in children's and other museum. We put lots of positive messages in the murals. In "Prisms of color in outer space” many of the space ships are in the shapes of fruits and say things like "Orange juice is good for you" on them!!!
Courage lion Unlimited is a most wonderful program that gives a stuffed toy and book and CD out to children in hospitals.
These two organizations do separate things but they are also great friends and they work together as well. We would not be where we are today without these two organizations who have given us so much love and support. We love you so much!! They also have given us an all-day barbecue, a live circus, an ice cream social, warm coats in the winter and so much more. They did our graduation for us and gave every family a beautiful silver apple with the students name on it. They also gave me funds to develop a braille style mural for our visually challenged students but that is another story I'll tell you in future updates. We are now on our Second Braille style mural painted on flat clay tiles!!
I've also posted a photo of “Rainbows Of Love Beneath The Ocean" which was our second mural the museum installed.