In its 46-year history of commissioning public art, the San Francisco Arts Commission has overseen many mosaic projects, but Amy Ellingson’s 10-foot by 109-foot mural for San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3 is by far the biggest. Untitled (Large Variation) is an abstract mural that uses color, geometry, repetition, scale and spatial illusion to suggest movement and transformation.
“It’s big, bold and beautiful,” says Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “The vibrant pattern and color of Amy Ellingson’s mural as well as its commanding physical presence creates an immersive art experience in an unexpected location. It is exciting to commission a work of this scale for the airport, where people from all over the world will get to experience it.”
Ellingson’s practice is a synergy between digital media and the hand-made object. Typically, she uses graphics software to create multilayered compositions of great complexity that are translated into physical form using traditional painting media. All of her imagery, whether geometrically intact or abstracted and chaotic, is comprised of a vocabulary of simple forms that are digitally manipulated. The mural was fabricated by Mosaika Art & Design, a woman-owned and run company based in Montreal, Quebec.