a public art project of LA Commons created with artist Gregory Beylerian and students from the Rose & Alex Pilibos School was unveiled.
Gregory Beylerian collaborated with a group of students aged 11 to 14 to develop a large work of art that was installed in the heart of Hollywood on a building exterior wall at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Normandie.
Beylerian guided the students thru a process to first create a mission for which the artwork would be based.
“Our mission is to celebrate diversity and open the eye’s of Armenians and all people of the world through the work of art we create together.”
The students were then exposed to the mediums of drawing, painting, poetry and photography. Then together, the art was built on a well constructed framed canvas, a mixed media collage, which was coated with a weather protective resin glaze. The mission was written on the back and each student signed their name on the finished art as well. Then it was mounted on the exterior wall on Hollywood Blvd for many years reflecting the mission of the students in a multi medium art form.
The City of Los Angeles honored each of the students an award certificate at the unveiling ceremony for contributing to cross cultural unification.
To Learn more about the organization that facilitated this project: www.lacommons.org
Photos by: Yvette Khalafian
Project Timeline With Students:
”Our Mission is to celebrate diversity and open the eye’s of Armenians and all people of the world through the work of art we create together.”
May 23 – Collect images, stories and “Celebrate Diversity” in multiple languages. Set up photo studio in class and create imagery for artwork.
May 30 – Begin creating the artworks base layout using photoshop… Scan in drawings and other materials.
June 6 – Class does not meet – Group continues to collect and create materials for artwork based on clear vision of artwork’s developed layout. Mural base material (Sintra) is acquired and cut to size (2’x 2’ – making 8’x 8’).
June 13 – Scan in any final materials, finalize layout. Have layout tiled and printed for following class.
June 20 – Glue down photographic elements to Sintra board.
June 27 – Paint on/in designated areas.
July 4 – Continue paint process.
July 11 – Final paint and touch up work. Resin coating process begins.
July 18 – Final resin coating and mural mounting hardware prepared.
July 21 – Mural presented!