"WALLSCAPE" // a new color wall in LA at M-Rad Architecture

Last month I spent a few weeks in LA where, in addition to looking after a cat named Leonard, visiting with family and friends, and seeing some art, I installed this wall at M-Rad Architecture's new office space in Culver City.   I used a herringbone pattern, so the panels were either 15" x 15" or 15" x 30".  I used latex or vinyl paint on birch panel and incorporated a few mirrored and glittered plexiglass panels for fun, but also the mirrored pieces end up reflecting other architectural features of the space.   I looked to the surrounding environment for some inspiration for color and pattern.  

In the beginning / M-Rad Architecture, LA, 2015

In the beginning / M-Rad Architecture, LA, 2015

I painted a panel inspired by the Public Storage building across the street.  

I painted a panel inspired by the Public Storage building across the street.

 

M-Rad Architecture is located on Jefferson Blvd in Culver City, directly across the street from the La Cienega Metro stop.  I took a few panels up there and waited for a train to see if I had gotten the stripes right!

M-Rad Architecture is located on Jefferson Blvd in Culver City, directly across the street from the La Cienega Metro stop.  I took a few panels up there and waited for a train to see if I had gotten the stripes right!

And then we risked our lives in the middle of this intersection in LA rush hour to ensure these stripes aligned.  I wanted to make reference to some of the colors and patterns that one would see looking out the windows from inside the space.

And then we risked our lives in the middle of this intersection in LA rush hour to ensure these stripes aligned.  I wanted to make reference to some of the colors and patterns that one would see looking out the windows from inside the space.

Detail, details.

Detail, details.

We had to rent this scissor lift from El Cheapo Lifts in order to get the top panels installed.  That's my brother, the architect, looking out the second floor office window.  We are toasting here to the completion of the wall with a glass of bubbly he handed to me while on the lift.  

We had to rent this scissor lift from El Cheapo Lifts in order to get the top panels installed.  That's my brother, the architect, looking out the second floor office window.  We are toasting here to the completion of the wall with a glass of bubbly he handed to me while on the lift.  

And this is the view looking down from the lift.  

And this is the view looking down from the lift.  

I admit, at first, I wanted to cover up that window completely rather than work around it.  When I realized that wouldn't fly with the boss, I thought about leaving town and changing my name because I didn't think the end result would look right.  I took a break and came back with fresh eyes and more vinyl paint.  I painted directly onto one side of the window and removed the other piece of glass.  I did leave town in the end, but only after I completed the wall just in time for  a party.

I admit, at first, I wanted to cover up that window completely rather than work around it.  When I realized that wouldn't fly with the boss, I thought about leaving town and changing my name because I didn't think the end result would look right.  I took a break and came back with fresh eyes and more vinyl paint.  I painted directly onto one side of the window and removed the other piece of glass.  I did leave town in the end, but only after I completed the wall just in time for  a party.