Blake Table Labyrinth 1
labyrinth
Blake Labyrinth Edge 1
Blake Skateboarding Sign
Blake Skateboarding Sign_edited

These mosaics were created for Friends of Duboce Park, a neighborhood organization, in San Francisco, CA.  I held public mosaic workshops in the neighborhood to create the mosaics around the labyrinth and on the table labyrinth base.  In addition, I create the signage for the site, and the way finder mosaics, on the lamppost, below.

Public Projects

Portrait of Harvey Milk

Portrait of Harvey Milk

Signage for Labyrinth

Signage for Labyrinth

Community Mosaics

Community Mosaics

Park Signage

Park Signage

Park Signage

Park Signage

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

This Way to Play

This Way to Play

This Way to Play

This Way to Play

Cast concrete base

Cast concrete base

WAYFINDER

WAYFINDER

Mayan Nawales Project

These photos document my project with 20 young people in the village of San Pedro La Laguna, here in Guatemala where I live.  Working with the local municipal museum and the director of youth programs for the city, I organized this project to teach mosaic techniques to young artists, to preserve and reinvigorate an important part of the traditional culture, the Tzolkin, the Mayan sacred calendar.  There are 20 days in the Tzolkin, each on represented by a "Nawal", the guardian and spirit of the day.  Each student created a design based on the glyph, or picture symbol, for one of the 20 nawales.  The completed project was presented to local authorities in the town museum.

This project grew out of my experiences creating the Nawales in my own mosaic stepping stones.  I've made several sets of them now, each time learning more about the twenty sacred days, their energies, and the philosophy behind the calendar.  Its a beautiful way to express the sacredness of each step in life, a beautiful metaphor for taking the time to honor whats important in life, and a perfect accompaniment to a garden path.

 

The cost of producing a project like this is $2500, including all of the materials,  instruction on Mayan Nawales, and mosaic classes for 20 students.  It includes a traditional fire ceremony with local spiritual guide, inauguration party and name stone.  I am currently seeking donors who would like to sponsor a project like this in other villages of Guatemala.  Its my goal to not only share the techniques of mosaic, but to preserve and renovate the traditional Mayan art and culture by utilizing mosaic as a way to give new life to the ancient culture.

Students creating their mosaics
Finishing Touches
Students creating their designs
Grouting finished pieces
Presentation to the city museum
Presentation to city officials
Completed mosaics
Mosaics set for inauguration
Completed mosaics
Student with Blake
Student artist with mosaic
Diplomas presented to each student
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Park Signage

Identifying a tiny sliver of Duboce Park on Scott Street that many people didn't realize was part of the park.