Michael Rozen

“Foundations” - mural project in collaboration with Scott Sueme, sponsored by HCMA, Tilt World Curiosity Labs, and Royal Bay Secondary School, August 2015.

Our approach to the project was to highlight our backgrounds in abstract painting to create a piece that is representational while keeping a bold youthful energy. The design was inspired by the architecture of the building, complimenting its linear forms, while creating contrast with organic pattern making. The image is made up of four structural tiers, one built on top of the other to create a whole. Each tier is its own unique pattern and colour narrative. The lowest level portrays the colours found in Emily Carr’s painting “Above the Gravel Pit”, and the rich natural surroundings to the school. The second depicts the school’s strong modern colours as a foundation on top of the existing landscape. Third, the school’s raven and home colours are represented in a more uniform pattern. Finally, the top tier is a return to a natural influence resembling the Pacific Northwest sky. The four tiers combine elements of the location’s past, present, and future into a singular design, also functioning as a visual anchor within the school. Given its unique location with multiple perspectives points, the work invokes a visual response based on the vantage point from where it is viewed. The project overall ties together an artistic approach to colour, design, and functionality to embody the community of Royal Bay Secondary School.