TheLofts@Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, California mark the first “green” LEED Platinum Certified mixed-use or market rate multifamily building in California. The development of 12 condo lofts and 2800 square feet of retail space pays homage to the amazing musical and Hollywood history of Cherokee Recording Studios, MGM Studios before it and all the artists who recorded music on the site. From Frank Sinatra to David Bowie to Dave Matthews…to now, BLIK. Four designers were chosen to vamp up 4 lofts for the Rock-n-Platinum Showcase: Dennis Design Group, Rogerio Carvalheiro, Cisco Home, and Jennifer Siegal & Sandra Sharma. PreFab designer extraordinaire, Jennifer Siegal of Office of Mobile Design, enlisted us to design, manufacture and install a giant graphic for her loft dubbed, “30 Seconds to Mars Penthouse”. She said she wanted something organic, tall, with the color yellow and we ran with it. Here’s the 18 foot high by 10 foot wide graphic our crackerjack designer conjured up. We think it rocks the house…but then again, we are biased.
A mere 200 feet from the sand and overlooking the famous (or is it infamous?) Venice Beach boardwalk, Hotel Erwin is totally rad. The rooftop bar alone, with its 360 ocean view, is worth the trip. But hotel planning gurus, Joie de Vivre, wanted the entire Erwin experience to be unique and capture the vibe of the Venice art scene. So, we decked out over 100 suites with graphics from our collaboration with Upper Playground. With artwork that mimics the graffiti artists who’ve characterized Venice for decades, our canvases ranged from glass doors to closet doors. We used each one to bring a bit of the energy outside, in, and tell a different story in every room. So pack your sunscreen, kick up your feet and stay awhile!
A couple of months ago, we told you we were hard at work on a custom mural for the Santa Monica Public Library, known for its innovative, one-of-a-kind “green” architecture and landscaping. The 539 square foot design for the Children’s Activity Center was conjured up by our stellar design team to both promote sustainability and ignite the imagination. We feel it hits the mark. Then again, we are biased. Let us know what you think! And keep your eyes peeled for more custom projects on the boards.
In January, we announced our exciting involvement in Wall Works, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s landmark educational program. Well, now the large-scale collaborative art installation is about to be revealed. Over 250 students designed one-of-a-kind blik decals in answer to the question: What would you be if you weren’t human? At a reception tomorrow night, blik, the students, and the public alike will see for the first time how all the kids’ original works come together. We can’t wait and we’d love to see you there. Come by the historic Bergamot Station Arts Complex March 12 at 6pm to check it out. If you can’t make the reception, don’t worry. The collaborative installation will remain on view through July 25, 2008. Click here to read more about the project.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art, located at the historic Bergamot Station, is celebrating 20 years! In addition to their striking art exhibits, SMMoA is known for spearheading projects designed to bring art education to schools. We love that, particularly since art programs nationwide have suffered severe cutbacks over the years. That said, we are especially pleased to announce that blik has been chosen to partner with SMMoA on one of their signature programs: Wall Works. This is the first time in the history of the program that a company, rather than a working artist, has been invited to participate in the groundbreaking program. As you can imagine, we’re pretty excited.
Wall Works invites a celebrated local artist to create an “art kit” that is delivered to participating classrooms throughout the Los Angeles area. Students, grades K-12, produce original works that are then installed by SMMoA in a large-scale, collaborative public artwork. The mural is exhibited at Bergamot Station Arts Complex for 4 months for all to enjoy.
When SMMoA asked us what we wanted to do, we immediately thought–let the kids design their very own blik pattern! So, the program director filmed a video of us showing the students how blik is made. We concluded the tour by asking the students to draw a picture in answer to the question: if you weren’t a human, what would you want to be? Their pictures, along with their blik color choice, will be sent back to us to be made into a one-of-a-kind blik pattern. But neither the kids nor team blik will see how all the pieces come together until the SMMoA mural is revealed on March 12.
We can’t wait to see what the kids come up with! Until then, here are some “behind-the-scenes” stills of the filming of the video that was sent to participating classrooms.
More to come!
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