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Books about the Mission Dolores Mural

by Ben Wood

Published on December 24, 2017

During the course of this year my ongoing efforts to preserve the Mission Dolores Mural were included in a couple of recently published books. Photographer Dick Evans chronicled the Bartlett Street recreated (and sadly now destroyed) version of the mural in his book, The Mission published by Heyday Books.

Also in celebration of the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library I wrote an essay for their book 50 treasures of the Archive-Library about my ongoing efforts to record and preserve the story of the hidden mural.

In this new year I will be completing a short book about the mural with Jonathan Cordero, PhD who I have been working with over the past couple of years to ensure the legacy of this important early California artwork is not forgotten.

In May I was in New Mexico doing photography at one of America's oldest churches. I hope to share more about this project over the coming months.

Working as an Artist

This year I've been very fortunate to work with Marty Nemko, educator, coach and KALW radio show host, who has brought wisdom, ideas, tools, and strategy never shared with me in the world class colleges where I was a student. Listen to my interview with Marty on his show "Work with Marty Nemko" which aired on KALW 91.7 in September.

Windows of History at The Haas-Lilienthal House

by Ben Wood

Published on November 15, 2017

Photograph of The Haas-Lilienthal Family Projection Artwork courtesy of Scott Hahn. Photograph of Haas Lilienthal House Projected Artwork by Ben Wood, Photograph courtesy of Scott Hahn.

An animated video artwork illuminates the front windows of the Haas-Lilienthal house at 2007 Franklin Street in San Francisco with an after-dark projected installation.

Windows of the house are transformed into a unique motion-picture album sharing the life of the family over the decades of the Haas-Lilienthal family and their descendants. The projected artwork includes rare photographs and film from the family archives that have never been shown to the public.

A 15 minute looped-video will be on display each night from 5:00pm to 9:30pm and viewable on the facade windows outside the house at 2007 Franklin Street in San Francisco. The projection will run thru the last week of November.

This project was created by Ben Wood with help from San Francisco Heritage staff members and funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and David Wessel.

A Portrait of Mendocino Village. A projected artwork by Ben Wood

Restoration Projection, San Francisco Art Institute 2002 Ben Wood

'The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods'. . .Harvey Milk

San Francisco based projection artist Ben Wood is currently preparing for an upcoming projected artwork with the Mendocino Art Center for the inaugural "Almost Fringe Festival" on the evenings of April 7th and 8th. This new projected artwork focuses on the faces and spaces of the village.

The animated artwork will present image sequences as time-lapses, cycling through portraits of the town's citizens, its artists, actors, musicians, book sellers, librarians, tour guides, historians, merchants, servers, inn-keepers, shop keepers, gardeners, cooks, residents and tourists in their spaces. People will be featured in their physical setting as animated portraits briefly carrying out their activity.

The artwork will focus on the local community members, it's quietly dedicated citizens and workers who comprise a vital source for preservation of the towns identity and the village itself as a vibrant West Coast destination of natural, cultural and architectural heritage.

It will be a contemporary animated portrait of Mendocino village presenting visually dramatic moving portraits and landscapes to be embedded as an after dark projected artwork onto the facade of a Moody's Coffee bar in the village for the upcoming Mendocino Almost Fringe Festival on April 7, 8. The completed artwork will be projected onto the facade of Moody's Coffee at 10450 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460

Where: Moody's Organic Coffee 10450 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA

When: The projection event will begin on 8:20pm April 7th and 8th, 2017

The video loop will start approximately at 20 minutes intervals such as 8:20 pm, 8:40 pm, 9:00 pm and will run until 10pm

The artworks goal is to embody the uplifting ideals of Mendocino as a town where people can get to work in their neighborhood, livelihoods and within their community to repair the world.

Mendocino Village community members were invited to participate and recorded and interviewed on March 3, 4 2017 and will be featured as part of this community based artwork.

Special thanks to the The Mendocino Tourism Commission which made a generous contribution of $2,500 towards the production of "A Portrait of Mendocino".

Also many thanks to the people of Mendocino, Danna Hall, Exhibitions Coordinator, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino Sheriffs Department, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department, Moody's Organic Coffee bar.

Update from Ben Wood

"During the weekend of March 4th my 30+ interviews captured a microcosm of Mendocino daily life from a spectrum of people from native Mendocinoans going back generations to hippies who broke down outside of town and never left. I elicited a range of powerful stories from artists to store clerks, police, street vendors, voluntary firefighters, book sellers, homeless people and many others. Over the next few weeks I will be editing these images and stories together to create a projected artwork that I hope will reveal a compelling portrait of this vibrant community. I look forward to sharing this project next month for the upcoming Fringe Festival. Stay tuned and meanwhile keep getting the word out to help raise funds for the completion of my work."

Awarded Richard and Julia Moe Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Haas-Lilienthal House

Haas Lilienthal House

With project partner, San Francisco Heritage I have won a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to animate the windows of the historic museum, San Francisco's Haas-Lilienthal House with after dark projected-art work.

The Moe Fund, is a special program of the National Trust that encourages state and local preservation organizations to envision and test creative, "break-through" ideas and strategies. The fund encourages members of the National Trust's Partners Network to undertake new initiatives that have a demonstrable impact on their work or their community.

The project will take place some time in 2017 at the Haas-Lilienthal House. - Stay Tuned!

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