1% Mural, Girdwood Fire Station
My concept is inspired by the significant challenges and rewards our fire and EMS personnel experience while managing emergencies in the Turnagain Arm area; proximity to glaciers, boatable lakes with ice bergs, unending Chugach forest, mud flats and strong tidal change, transport through the mountains, and exploration on the river systems.
The painting from the left begins with a winter forest framing an embellished glacier creeping down to a lake. The glacier face is in the background of floating ice chunks. The scene transitions to deep spruce forest along the base of mountains. A magnificent bore tide wave is the center of the south wall indicating a dynamic tidal change. Mountains line the sides of the Arm and change into a summer forest of spruce and birch. As the season changes, the local rivers come to life weaving their path from the peaks to the valley floor.
The design is rich in vibrant colors, organic movement and abstract landmarks done in a whole-hearted style. The design transition at the corners of the mural will be seamless. My intention is to make something timeless, easy to relate to for any age and supports community pride. Mostly, at the end of the day, I want something that is enjoyable and uplifting to look at whether a school group is getting a tour or a medic is getting coffee after a 3am Seward Highway accident.