I recently had the great fortune of being commissioned to do a public art piece for a library. When I got the call, I could not believe it! As it was a personal dream of mine to do a piece where I felt it would be appreciated to the utmost degree… putting my artwork in a library was one of those places.
I worked on this project for a number of months, weathering all the normal trials and tribulations when working on a project of this magnitude. In the end, it was a great experience, I learned a lot and it culminated with it getting installed this past weekend.
My hope is that it transforms this space, that it does what the word calls for it to do. That word is “INSPIRE”, it came about after a number of workshops with teens from the area and bouncing ideas around with the various stakeholders involved. So if you stood there in the library, you could see how all of the five panels fit together, like the cars of a speeding subway train, and they spell out the word “INSPIRE”.
All the pieces are canvas wrapped wood panels, I used spray paint and acrylics in layers and glazes to create the various spacial and intense color effects. I am equally humbled and honored to have done a project like this, as I feel that it will impact the sensibilities and mindsets of the youth that frequent the library. I think that it will also help redefine what graffiti art can evolve into.
The following are pictures of the work installed on site. The library is The Morgan Hill Public Library, located at 660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95038.
Scape Martinez is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and writer who has been involved in graffiti art since the 1980’s. Since then he has pushed the boundaries of graffiti and street art bringing this urban style into fine art, public art, and the educational arena.
Scape’s fine art paintings combine elements of graffiti art and abstract expressionism to create large scale, rhythmic and expressive compositions that transcend mere technique. Scape Martinez is also an advocate for the arts, frequently doing graffiti orientated workshops and lectures for both teenagers and fellow arts educators interested in understanding graffiti as an art form.
If you are interested in commissioning Scape to transform your public space, shoot him an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org