By Susan DeMaggio
Is it a picture of an iceberg? A cave wall? A snow-covered ski hill?
“Surf's up,” by
artist Anya Gallaccio, is a photographic image produced using a scanning electron microscope to look closely at a grain of sand from the California coast.
And it’s the latest in the “Murals of La Jolla” series popping up around town, courtesy of La Jolla Community Foundation benefactors. “Surf’s up” went up this week on Fay Street “next to Rubio’s across from Vons,” said Lynda Forshay, who oversaw the installation.
In a statement about the mural, Gallaccio writes, “This billboard image mirrors the mythological and elemental properties of California living. Daydreams, darkness and isolation can accompany sunshine. The title refers to a song by the Beach Boys, written by Brian Wilson, himself a virtual shut in for years, in a land where the sun never stops shining.”
Gallaccio’s work is often preoccupied with the nature of change through the passage of time. The artist was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1963 and educated at Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College at the University of London. She is currently a professor in the UCSD Department of Visual Arts. As one of the leading British sculptors of her generation, she was short-listed for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2003. She has exhibited extensively, including recent solo exhibitions at the Tate Britain and at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England.
Residents will recall the first two “Murals of La Jolla” — Seattle artist Roy McMakin’s “What’s Your Favorite Color?” brick painting on the building at 7596 Eads Ave. and San Diego artist Kim MacConnel’s abstract composition, wavy lines down the side of Lapiz Building at 7724 Girard Ave.
The La Jolla Community Foundation has said it plans to continue the murals project, eyeing 10 or 12 artworks for the town as funds will dictate.