dimensional wood-cut installation
For the first of three installations created for Samsara's new headquarters, I designed this 25' dimensional mural comprised of interlocking woodcut pieces. Each layer has been cut, assembled, painted, and installed to form this undersea, flowing scene.
The full stack for this project involved: digital painting (Photoshop), 3D modeling (Fusion 360), fabrication (Illustrator + CNC), painting (good ol' fashioned paint), and installation. Each of those steps involved a great amount of sub-steps and logistics that I delve into below! This page is a look into the process of planning, building, and installing this piece.
the groundwork
Sketching, 3D modeling, & fabrication
For most mural projects, most of the pre-painting prep work entails the designing the 2D artwork.

For a dimensional installation like this, there are many more steps. Once the full color 2D artwork has been finalized (Photoshop), we broke that design down into vector line-art of the individual layers (Illustrator). From there, we used those shapes to create a 3D model to preview the dimensionality of the piece (Fusion360). This also allowed us to troubleshoot any wonkiness with the jump from 2D to 3D; the 3D model helps us to map out and adjust for any odd alignments or edge cases that a 2D image simply can't fully capture.
Full color, 2D artwork
Line art indicating the ~60 individual pieces to be fabricated
3D model of the piece
the build
Painting & planning
We worked with our longtime partners, the fab fabrication team at Skiffmade, to bring this idea to life. They fabricated the individual shapes so beautifully and pristinely, such that when I first began painting, I felt like I was frosting an intricately designed cake.

When working on a complex piece like this, I think it's important to invest time upfront in creating a strong, organized plan. For example, each of the three installations we created ranges between 60-100 unique pieces, so each piece had a unique code that was etched on its back. In addition, Skiffmade created a system of toggling, layering, and assembly to maximize efficiency and safety when painting, moving, and installing the pieces. Simple tasks like this take time initially but have great pay-off at the end when you're chaotically surrounded by a ton of paints, brushes, and artwork.
Piece by piece
Once complete, our team brought together each of the individual pieces and installed them onto the wall to form one cohesive piece! We used a combination of careful measuring, leveling, cleats, toggles, and ✧・゚installation magic・゚✧ to ensure that the pieces fell perfectly in place, as per the plan. Because the overall installation is dimensional, some pieces sat directly on the wall, whereas others were layered or offset a few inches.

I wanted the pieces to look like they were magically floating on the wall, without obvious evidence of screws or brackets. It's a small detail, but I think it has a cleaner overall look, and helps to suspend reality for the viewer, even if for a bit! 
Finally, as the pieces were carefully placed and installed to the wall, the individual layers disappeared and a singular piece began to emerge! I am thrilled with how this turned out and can't wait to push this style and technique even further. I've done a number of layered woodcut installations in the last few years, but this is the furthest I've gone in this direction and I'm so excited to keep exploring.
the details
Finishing touches
One of my favorite part about this installation are the small moments of color, shape, light, and shadow that intersect throughout. As the light shifts throughout the day, the shadows and highlights dance across each level of shapes and curves. To me, these little vignettes have a satisfying poetry to them.
This is the first of three installations created for Samsara. The next two installations are forthcoming! 
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Thank you

Susan Park & Zander Eng, Samsara

Skiffmade, Fab fabrication andinstallation team

Jeffrey Lin, 3D modeling, painting