CASE STUDY "REBIRTH OF OUR NATIONALITY" MURAL
5900 CANAL ST.
Public Art, Restoration
Call for All Artists and Project Management
This famous artwork was originally created at 5900 Canal Street, Houston in 1973 during the Chicano Art Movement by Muralist, Leo Tanguma.
LUX Art was engaged by Kirksey Architecture to work with Harris County Engineering Department on this long awaited public project that had been on the boards for approximately 15 years. The goal was to reinvigorate the mural celebrating Hispanic culture. Tanguma was unable to re-paint the mural himself, so he was retained as an advisor on the project. LUX worked closely with the county to structure a call for artists. Ultimately, Gonzo247 (aka: Mario Figueroa, Jr.) was selected for the project. Figueroa, a resident of the East Houston neighborhood where the mural is, was a perfect fit for the job. He had grown up with this mural and it was one of the things that influenced him to become an artist. Gonzo traveled to Denver to study with Tanguma for 3 days, then spent 3 months recreating a 28’ foot long scale drawing of the mural – then another 6 months projecting a grid onto the wall, drawing and painting the mural. Engaging a large committee including the county, the architects, community advocacy and both artists, LUX was able to gain consensus and move the project ahead to completion, then successfully celebrate the great work at a community unveiling.
CASE STUDY MAJOR TECH COMPANY
Mountain View, CA
Custom Large Scale Sculpture
A Northern California Road-trip and Hollywood vintage glam were the inspiration behind the design and attitude of this office space.
The ground floor of the vintage glam Hollywood hipster lobby is complete with a retro suitcase sculpture, created by LUX, to set the mood for your California road trip. A historic metal postcard display featuring CA attractions and an antique patina mirrored signage complete with brutalist period starbursts greet you in the lobby. As you weave your way through the additional floors in this space you’ll visit the “Gold Rush” time period in CA, then cruise through Big Sur, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, and eventually arrive in Silicon Valley on the top floor.
Working with LUX, the client now has an art collection that tells their story with style and glam. This new construction project was completed by working with the client direct, Nova Partners Management Team & WRNS Architects.