The Restoration mural is the result of a year and a half long collaboration with residents of the Logan section of Philadelphia. I worked closely with at risk kids and young adults from the Logan E3 Power center. Our goal, aside from classes in mural making, was to interview key stakeholders and residents about the community and its storied history. Restorative Justice Pioneer Howard Zehr was on hand to document the process. The Mural was painted by myself, Logan volunteers, and the Men in SCI Graterford. To learn more, click  here . 
       
     
 My assistants and I spent the winter months of 2007 assembling a stained glass mosaic pyramid, 17 feet total in height. 
       
     
 The design, part of the Restoration project, is made of seven different fragments with imagery symbolizing community growth and development.
       
     
 My SCI Graterford class raised the bar regarding incredible detail within their painted houses, the tile house needed to be just as descriptive.
       
     
  Individual bricks and stones were cut and laid into position, each window pane correct in its perspective.
       
     
 A large percentage of Logan is Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese. I incorporated symbols into the design that would appeal to this broad cultural community. Khmer classical dancers use gestures known as Kbach, which represent things from nature. The tile hand means "growing", which fits the overall theme.
       
     
 The crane area proved to be equally complex, the colors of the clouds had to flow through the negative spaces within the bars. The color of the crane metal gradually lightens as it moves to the left creating a sense of distance.
       
     
 The cut glass in each section flows in a direction stemming from the apex of the pyramid shape.
       
     
 The fruit imagery in this area contains colored mirror as well as glass, which is situated at eye level. The observer can now find themselves within the imagery.
       
     
  Detail of fruit. Mirror is mixed in with glass, accenting the boarders of each piece.
       
     
 In Studio Detail
       
     
 In Studio Detail
       
     
 In Studio Detail
       
     
 In Studio Detail
       
     
 A detail of the glass laid out on the floor, once it was completely cut and taped. 
       
     
 A week was spent constructing the base of the pyramid shape. Overall the piece extends a foot and a half from the wall. Installing the glass was the easiest part.
       
     
 Large cement fragments were constructed using foam, mesh, and dowels. Bolts were cut and anchored into the wall. Holding them in place. 
       
     
 The triangle at this stage resembled a strange alien device. Once everything was proven to be solidly in place, the rods were ground down and the panels cemented together. 
       
     
 A good angle of the final shape as it breaks from the contours of the wall. 
       
     
 Once our triangle was built, it was time for the glass installation. 
       
     
 Kids from the Saturday workshops would even stop by from time to time to lend a hand. One of the Junior Epic students returns to help us thinset the glass houses.
       
     
 Final shot of all the glasswork and how it hangs in relief from the wall. 
       
     
 A better view of the final piece after touching the glass up. The figures surrounding the work were painted with reflective greens and blues to emphasize the shape as a glowing radiant object.
       
     
 The Restoration Mural had a lot of mosaic work built into it. While my assistant and I worked on the giant glass triangle buildout, my Corps students were fabricating the flowers in the classroom. 
       
     
 Adenium Detail. The mosaic depicts flowers that are local to the area
       
     
 Arisaema Triphyllum detail. 
       
     
 Veronica Glauca detail, These flowers were assembled using cut glass and mirror as well as an assortment of glass beads and marbles
       
     
 Lilium Superbum Detail. This flower was the standout in the Glass garden. It was assembled at a community workshop by Logan youth. 
       
     
 Thai Eggplant flower detail. Local flora was mixed with those of Eastern Asia in the garden, reflecting the people of the Logan Community
       
     
 The Corps students were hard at work designing and assembling each flower The Garden equalled the square footage of the  pyramid. A considerable amount of stained glass went into this mural.
       
     
 The students spent 3 months fabricating the flowers. They were integral to every part of the process, from design, to glass selection, to execution.
       
     
 Flat glass marbles, mirror, pearlescent glass, and stones were also used in certain areas of the smaller flowers.
       
     
 Classroom Progress Shot. Student had to consider the direction and patterns of the grout lines in between the glass. The looked at photos for reference. 
       
     
 In doing so, this ensured that each piece would be completely unique and separate from the rest. 
       
     
 Circles were painstakingly cut for days
       
     
 Classroom Detail
       
     
 Classroom Progress Shot
       
     
 Classroom Progress Shot
       
     
 As the panels begin to come together we grout and view the work as a whole piece on the tables. 
       
     
 The large red flower boards were cut separate and placed on top of other boards creating a multi-tiered effect.
       
     
 The lily is broken down in a "glass by number" fashion for a workshop. Each numbered bucket contains a variety of colors and cuts. 
       
     
 The experiment works! People who are nervous about painting take to the glass, and enjoy the more "hands-on" nature of the work. 
       
     
  Guidelines were added to provide a direction for the glass laying. Each person was advised to keep the various sizes and colors of glass random within each number.
       
     
  My assistants and I were on hand with cutters and tools to ensure that the glass would be a custom fit.
       
     
 There were leaves with triangular cut glass on hand for younger participants eager to try mosaic.
       
     
 Once the weather got warmer, we were able to install all of the glasswork. My class returned to the wall for a few days to help thinset and install their section.
       
     
 The basement line that juts out from of the wall enabled us to set some flowers in relief using foam, cement, and mesh. 
       
     
 This happens on both sides of the wall. 
       
     
 The finished Garden scene, a complex work within a complex work, built by over 30 students and volunteers. 
       
     
 The Restoration mural is the result of a year and a half long collaboration with residents of the Logan section of Philadelphia. I worked closely with at risk kids and young adults from the Logan E3 Power center. Our goal, aside from classes in mural making, was to interview key stakeholders and residents about the community and its storied history. Restorative Justice Pioneer Howard Zehr was on hand to document the process. The Mural was painted by myself, Logan volunteers, and the Men in SCI Graterford. To learn more, click  here . 
       
     

The Restoration mural is the result of a year and a half long collaboration with residents of the Logan section of Philadelphia. I worked closely with at risk kids and young adults from the Logan E3 Power center. Our goal, aside from classes in mural making, was to interview key stakeholders and residents about the community and its storied history. Restorative Justice Pioneer Howard Zehr was on hand to document the process. The Mural was painted by myself, Logan volunteers, and the Men in SCI Graterford. To learn more, click here

 My assistants and I spent the winter months of 2007 assembling a stained glass mosaic pyramid, 17 feet total in height. 
       
     

My assistants and I spent the winter months of 2007 assembling a stained glass mosaic pyramid, 17 feet total in height. 

 The design, part of the Restoration project, is made of seven different fragments with imagery symbolizing community growth and development.
       
     

The design, part of the Restoration project, is made of seven different fragments with imagery symbolizing community growth and development.

 My SCI Graterford class raised the bar regarding incredible detail within their painted houses, the tile house needed to be just as descriptive.
       
     

My SCI Graterford class raised the bar regarding incredible detail within their painted houses, the tile house needed to be just as descriptive.

  Individual bricks and stones were cut and laid into position, each window pane correct in its perspective.
       
     

 Individual bricks and stones were cut and laid into position, each window pane correct in its perspective.

 A large percentage of Logan is Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese. I incorporated symbols into the design that would appeal to this broad cultural community. Khmer classical dancers use gestures known as Kbach, which represent things from nature. The tile hand means "growing", which fits the overall theme.
       
     

A large percentage of Logan is Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese. I incorporated symbols into the design that would appeal to this broad cultural community. Khmer classical dancers use gestures known as Kbach, which represent things from nature. The tile hand means "growing", which fits the overall theme.

 The crane area proved to be equally complex, the colors of the clouds had to flow through the negative spaces within the bars. The color of the crane metal gradually lightens as it moves to the left creating a sense of distance.
       
     

The crane area proved to be equally complex, the colors of the clouds had to flow through the negative spaces within the bars. The color of the crane metal gradually lightens as it moves to the left creating a sense of distance.

 The cut glass in each section flows in a direction stemming from the apex of the pyramid shape.
       
     

The cut glass in each section flows in a direction stemming from the apex of the pyramid shape.

 The fruit imagery in this area contains colored mirror as well as glass, which is situated at eye level. The observer can now find themselves within the imagery.
       
     

The fruit imagery in this area contains colored mirror as well as glass, which is situated at eye level. The observer can now find themselves within the imagery.

  Detail of fruit. Mirror is mixed in with glass, accenting the boarders of each piece.
       
     

 Detail of fruit. Mirror is mixed in with glass, accenting the boarders of each piece.

 In Studio Detail
       
     

In Studio Detail

 In Studio Detail
       
     

In Studio Detail

 In Studio Detail
       
     

In Studio Detail

 In Studio Detail
       
     

In Studio Detail

 A detail of the glass laid out on the floor, once it was completely cut and taped. 
       
     

A detail of the glass laid out on the floor, once it was completely cut and taped. 

 A week was spent constructing the base of the pyramid shape. Overall the piece extends a foot and a half from the wall. Installing the glass was the easiest part.
       
     

A week was spent constructing the base of the pyramid shape. Overall the piece extends a foot and a half from the wall. Installing the glass was the easiest part.

 Large cement fragments were constructed using foam, mesh, and dowels. Bolts were cut and anchored into the wall. Holding them in place. 
       
     

Large cement fragments were constructed using foam, mesh, and dowels. Bolts were cut and anchored into the wall. Holding them in place. 

 The triangle at this stage resembled a strange alien device. Once everything was proven to be solidly in place, the rods were ground down and the panels cemented together. 
       
     

The triangle at this stage resembled a strange alien device. Once everything was proven to be solidly in place, the rods were ground down and the panels cemented together. 

 A good angle of the final shape as it breaks from the contours of the wall. 
       
     

A good angle of the final shape as it breaks from the contours of the wall. 

 Once our triangle was built, it was time for the glass installation. 
       
     

Once our triangle was built, it was time for the glass installation. 

 Kids from the Saturday workshops would even stop by from time to time to lend a hand. One of the Junior Epic students returns to help us thinset the glass houses.
       
     

Kids from the Saturday workshops would even stop by from time to time to lend a hand. One of the Junior Epic students returns to help us thinset the glass houses.

 Final shot of all the glasswork and how it hangs in relief from the wall. 
       
     

Final shot of all the glasswork and how it hangs in relief from the wall. 

 A better view of the final piece after touching the glass up. The figures surrounding the work were painted with reflective greens and blues to emphasize the shape as a glowing radiant object.
       
     

A better view of the final piece after touching the glass up. The figures surrounding the work were painted with reflective greens and blues to emphasize the shape as a glowing radiant object.

 The Restoration Mural had a lot of mosaic work built into it. While my assistant and I worked on the giant glass triangle buildout, my Corps students were fabricating the flowers in the classroom. 
       
     

The Restoration Mural had a lot of mosaic work built into it. While my assistant and I worked on the giant glass triangle buildout, my Corps students were fabricating the flowers in the classroom. 

 Adenium Detail. The mosaic depicts flowers that are local to the area
       
     

Adenium Detail. The mosaic depicts flowers that are local to the area

 Arisaema Triphyllum detail. 
       
     

Arisaema Triphyllum detail. 

 Veronica Glauca detail, These flowers were assembled using cut glass and mirror as well as an assortment of glass beads and marbles
       
     

Veronica Glauca detail, These flowers were assembled using cut glass and mirror as well as an assortment of glass beads and marbles

 Lilium Superbum Detail. This flower was the standout in the Glass garden. It was assembled at a community workshop by Logan youth. 
       
     

Lilium Superbum Detail. This flower was the standout in the Glass garden. It was assembled at a community workshop by Logan youth. 

 Thai Eggplant flower detail. Local flora was mixed with those of Eastern Asia in the garden, reflecting the people of the Logan Community
       
     

Thai Eggplant flower detail. Local flora was mixed with those of Eastern Asia in the garden, reflecting the people of the Logan Community

 The Corps students were hard at work designing and assembling each flower The Garden equalled the square footage of the  pyramid. A considerable amount of stained glass went into this mural.
       
     

The Corps students were hard at work designing and assembling each flower The Garden equalled the square footage of the  pyramid. A considerable amount of stained glass went into this mural.

 The students spent 3 months fabricating the flowers. They were integral to every part of the process, from design, to glass selection, to execution.
       
     

The students spent 3 months fabricating the flowers. They were integral to every part of the process, from design, to glass selection, to execution.

 Flat glass marbles, mirror, pearlescent glass, and stones were also used in certain areas of the smaller flowers.
       
     

Flat glass marbles, mirror, pearlescent glass, and stones were also used in certain areas of the smaller flowers.

 Classroom Progress Shot. Student had to consider the direction and patterns of the grout lines in between the glass. The looked at photos for reference. 
       
     

Classroom Progress Shot. Student had to consider the direction and patterns of the grout lines in between the glass. The looked at photos for reference. 

 In doing so, this ensured that each piece would be completely unique and separate from the rest. 
       
     

In doing so, this ensured that each piece would be completely unique and separate from the rest. 

 Circles were painstakingly cut for days
       
     

Circles were painstakingly cut for days

 Classroom Detail
       
     

Classroom Detail

 Classroom Progress Shot
       
     

Classroom Progress Shot

 Classroom Progress Shot
       
     

Classroom Progress Shot

 As the panels begin to come together we grout and view the work as a whole piece on the tables. 
       
     

As the panels begin to come together we grout and view the work as a whole piece on the tables. 

 The large red flower boards were cut separate and placed on top of other boards creating a multi-tiered effect.
       
     

The large red flower boards were cut separate and placed on top of other boards creating a multi-tiered effect.

 The lily is broken down in a "glass by number" fashion for a workshop. Each numbered bucket contains a variety of colors and cuts. 
       
     

The lily is broken down in a "glass by number" fashion for a workshop. Each numbered bucket contains a variety of colors and cuts. 

 The experiment works! People who are nervous about painting take to the glass, and enjoy the more "hands-on" nature of the work. 
       
     

The experiment works! People who are nervous about painting take to the glass, and enjoy the more "hands-on" nature of the work. 

  Guidelines were added to provide a direction for the glass laying. Each person was advised to keep the various sizes and colors of glass random within each number.
       
     

 Guidelines were added to provide a direction for the glass laying. Each person was advised to keep the various sizes and colors of glass random within each number.

  My assistants and I were on hand with cutters and tools to ensure that the glass would be a custom fit.
       
     

 My assistants and I were on hand with cutters and tools to ensure that the glass would be a custom fit.

 There were leaves with triangular cut glass on hand for younger participants eager to try mosaic.
       
     

There were leaves with triangular cut glass on hand for younger participants eager to try mosaic.

 Once the weather got warmer, we were able to install all of the glasswork. My class returned to the wall for a few days to help thinset and install their section.
       
     

Once the weather got warmer, we were able to install all of the glasswork. My class returned to the wall for a few days to help thinset and install their section.

 The basement line that juts out from of the wall enabled us to set some flowers in relief using foam, cement, and mesh. 
       
     

The basement line that juts out from of the wall enabled us to set some flowers in relief using foam, cement, and mesh. 

 This happens on both sides of the wall. 
       
     

This happens on both sides of the wall. 

 The finished Garden scene, a complex work within a complex work, built by over 30 students and volunteers. 
       
     

The finished Garden scene, a complex work within a complex work, built by over 30 students and volunteers.