We are very excited to announce an upcoming project we’ve been working on with Denver based painter William Matthews. Best known for his depictions of the American West, Matthews is a skilled watercolor artist whose work appears in many private and public collections including the Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and the Denver Art Museum, just to name a few.
Public Art Services, Creative Project Manager John Grant and Matthews just returned from a trip to Cuernavaca to check in on the progress of a massive mosaic tile mural reproduction of Matthews original watercolor painting.
Each tile is individually selected and cut by hand using special hammers. A life size reproduction of the work is used as a template to guide the skilled artisans during the creation of the mural.
Once completed this 63' x 12’ mosaic tile mural will be installed over the South entrance of the new 14,000 seat, 230,000 square foot Dickies Arena, adjacent to the Will Rodgers Memorial Campus in Fort Worth, Texas. When installed, bronze bas-relief sculptures, translated from Matthews original watercolors, will flank both sides of the mosaic tile mural.
This project is a great example of translating an artists preferred medium into a durable material that is both visually stunning and will stand the test of time as part of an outdoor installation. Check back for more updates to come on this project and visit our completed projects section to see how we worked with Matthews in 2016 to translate his work into a beautiful woven tapestry for the Country Club Towers in Denver.
If are you in the Denver area, join us Thursday March 7th from 4pm-7pm at William Matthews Studio for a sneak peek at the 12’ clay renderings for the bronze bas-relief sculptures.