August 6th

August 6th 2005, was Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's last DAY OF SERVICE in Council District 16. One of the events he attended was the "Dream With Me" Wall. 600 local Youth came to Eagle Rock Park to paint tiles for the Wall. The Center for the Arts at Eagle Rock (centerartseaglerock.org) commissioned me to make a 10 foot mural of Quetzalcoatl, "Q's Dream".

Youth paint tiles for "DREAM WITH ME" Wall
BRZ, Jenny Krusoe (Exec.Director, Center for Arts) show Mayor glass tiles for Q's DREAM
Mayor holding tiles, looks at
cartoon for 'Q's Dream
Mayor paints his own tile for
DREAM WITH ME WALL
Mayor helps install tiles

FABRICATION

"Q's DREAM" was made in my studio, on mesh from August-November 2005. Painted tiles from the North East LA Youth are incorporated into Q's body to show their dreams for the city of Los Angeles. "Q's DREAM" shows Quetzalcotl shedding his skin. Glass tiles, that reflect the light, are used on Q's head and his body that HAS already shed his skin. Ceramic tile is used for the remainder of his body that has not yet shed, symbolizing the dreams still to come true.

Figuring out Q's Eye
Q in studio
Q's Head with green ceramic background
BRZ, Q in studio, almost finished

Installation

We installed "Q's Dream" on the Day of the Dead, November 1st 2005. Special thanks to Dawn Mendelson (Technical Consultant), Karen Bralove, and Walker for their kind assistance.

Wall waiting for "Q"
Mural on mesh has been cut into sections
for transporting & installation
Applying initial sections to wall
BRZ, Dawn add Youth's Tiles to mural
Walker adds last section of mortar;
BRZ, Dawn secure pieces to wall
Q is installed! Awaiting grout...

Grouting

Two days later, Q's DREAM was ready to grout.

BRZ applies grout to Q's head
BRZ and Walker apply and polish grout
Detail - grouting head

"Q's Dream" is now installed in Eagle Rock Park. Please visit the DREAM WITH ME wall. May all our dreams continue to come true for the city of Los Angeles!

"Q's DREAM" completed November 2005
Dawn, Walker, BRZ with Q

Photo credits for this project go to Karen Bralove, Walker, Dawn
Mendelson, Stuart Ziff, BRZ, and JoAnne Baker

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.MIND YOUR HEART - DETAIL
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.MIND YOUR HEART MATERIALS:
Handcut mirror & antique glass. Ardex feather finish,
polyseamseal adhesive, sanded black grout.

A Community of Angels was modeled after the public art project in Zurich that asked local artists to decorate cows to raise money for local charities. In it's first year in Los Angeles, 200 artists decorated 6x4' fiberglass angels.

The Richard and Harriet Orkand Foundation generously sponsored MIND YOUR HEART. Their foundation assists teachers who want to become principals. MIND YOUR HEART was on display in the Beverly Hills lobby of Creative Artists Agency in the spring of 2001.

One of 80 Angels selected to be sold at auction at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion for charity, MIND YOUR HEART was purchased by private collectors from San Pedro, CA.

    

MIND YOUR HEART IN PROGRESS

Photography by Paul Buch
Photography by Larry Lytle

  
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MIND YOUR HEART ON DISPLAY AT CAA Lobby, Beverly Hills, CA Spring 2001
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MIND YOUR HEART COFFEE TABLE BOOK by Dugan, Tenden and Kaufman
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"THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THEIR WORLD"
(3X5' Mosaic Word Mural Ceramic tile, black grout)
Designed and fabricated by Residents of Refugee Safe Haven
and Artist in Residence Betty Rosen Ziff
March through June 2003

   

This backyard beautification project was funded by a grant from the LOS ANGELES CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT received by Betty Rosen Ziff. REFUGEE SAFE HAVEN is sponsored by the African Community Resource Center.

We would also like to thank the following individuals and companies for their generous donations of materials and time.

ADRIAN DUNHUM Painting, ANONYMOUS, ANAWALT LUMBER, ANN SAKS TILE on Melrose, GAIL COTTMAN & THE OZ GARDEN, DISCOUNT TILE in Venice, MARCI &RYAN FOREGGER Painting, CAROLE FREE Project Mentor GRAPHAID, SHAMIS ISMAEL Child Care, KELLY PAPER, KINKOS, GRIFF LAMBERT Art Director, ANI MAKOBYON Child Care, CHERI MC DUFFIE Child Care, NAYLOR PAINTS in Venice, SUSAN SCHADER Photographer, STEVE COHN at VILLAGE PIZZERIA in Larchmont & The STAFF Of REFUGEE SAFE HAVEN & ACRC

Refugee Safe Haven is the only domestic violence shelter for refugees in Los Angeles. RSH is sponsored by the African Community Resource Center.

Photography by Larry Lytle
Photography by Susan Schader

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THEIR WORLD

  

This mural is included in MOSAIC ART and STYLE, a new publication by JoAnn Loktov in March 2005.

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