July 2013 the second year FADCC students along with several other CYAM members completed the Our Living Heritage mural, on the Save-A-Lot warehouse just outside the Kingstown wharf. The design and execution of the mural was the outcome of the Mural Arts: Urban Space Enhancement course. The mural project was done in collaboration with the S.V.G. Tourism Authority.
The process began during the summer of 2012 when the then first year FADCC students, along with several graduates of the A-Level Art and Design program, visited some of the national heritage sites throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These trips were a part of the preliminary design stage as we recorded information from each site in the form of observational drawings, photos, videos and writing. This primary research material was then used to develop a theme and i for the mural.
You can read more about Our Living Heritage experience on the Natural Belonger blog: http://naturalbelonger.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/painting-on-the-wall-the-destiny-of-one-blank-space/
The mural was designed to take the viewer on a visual tour of six national heritage site on mainland St. Vincent. The journey begins on the Windward side of the island in Owia, coming to an end in Wallilabou on the Leeward side.
- Owia Salt Pond
- Black Point Tunnel
- Botanical Gardens
- Dark View Falls
- Vermont Nature Trail
- Wallilabou Falls
The composition consists of a series interconnected arches, symbolic of the City of Arches (Kingstown the home of the mural), which are the gateways to each site. The arches perform the function of visually connecting and containing the different sections, allowing them to fit together as a harmonious whole.
Light/dark contrast was then used to create visual depth within the composition, creating a gradual movement from a dense dark foreground to receding light background.
A strong sense of movement is also created through the balance of light and dark areas. This movement alternates subtly as you move through the different sections:
Owia: from an expansive light background to a densely textures dark foreground
Black Point: from a light foreground to a dark background
Botanical Gardens: from a light foreground to a dark background
Dark View: from a light background to a dark foreground
Vermont Nature Trail: from a dark foreground to a light background
Wallilabou Falls: from a dark foreground to a light background
Color is also used to create visual balance as it unifies the various sections. Structural relationships are reinforced as a result of the connective use of color. This can be seen in the arching movement of orange from Black Point, through the palm tree in Vermont and into the dirt in the foreground at Dark View. Another example is the use of blue in the tree roots at the Botanical Gardens, which enhances the serpentine movement of the cascading waterfall.
Temperature contrast was also used to highlight the undulating movement from left to right (created using light/dark contrast) as the predominantly warms colors (red, orange and yellow hues) on the Windward side contrasts with the cool colors (blue, green and purple hues) of the Leeward side.
Our Living Heritage employs a number of design elements, intricately woven together within the composition, to evoke the pure responses from those who visit it in person. It successfully captures the uniquely diverse nature of each site…a true reflection of our natural heritage