The song of my memories. I happened upon this phrase while reading a wealth of interviews conducted with elder community members from this North Philadelphia neighborhood. Much of the imagery appearing throughout the design is a result of these interviews.
For this site, I designed from two sources: the resident's oral histories, as well as the photography accumulated through a semester of working with children and teens at Centro Nueva Creación.
Student photography was enlarged and printed in black and white on cloth. The cloth was then installed on the mural and colorized in washes of paint. I used this process to involve the class in the actual painting, all the while retaining the realism of the figures.
The mosaic portion of this mural incorporates over 90 unique colors from the Trend Vitreo and L'opio palettes. The smooth surface of the front wall provided the perfect foundation for a large scale tile wall...
Children from the Centro Nuevo Creación photography class helped with the tile laying. We were able to utilize the center's brand new Mac lab to setup TilePile workstations and easily fabricate the design.
The design came about through actual photographs that the children took during their fall session.
The wall before...
The wall after
The address portion of the tile was assembled with Tile cutters, tape and a sketch. Less hi-tech, but much more fun to do.
Group shot of the younger class that participated in the mural
This design is based upon the stories of people who emigrated from Latin America to North Philly. In their histories, they drew parallels between their lives growing up at home, and watching their children and grandkids grow up in the United States.