Rescue was commissioned by Los Angeles Cultural Affairs in 2005, for newly constructed Fire Station #83 in Encino, CA. The exterior 10′ x 10’ ceramic tile mural was glazed and fired in-studio. Working firefighters were used as models for the work.
For the interior installation of the same station, Ladders and Hoses, carved and painted relief figures stand in front of abstract painted backgrounds of fire and water. Inspired by 7th century B.C. Assyrian stone relief carving, the figures were modeled from working firefighters. The same figures and equipment reappear in the more colorful and dramatic ceramic tile mural on the station’s exterior. The fired ceramic mural is lightfast, weatherproof and immune to graffiti.