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Big Art in Tiburon

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Last weekend Rica and I were walking through Tiburon’s Blackie’s Pasture when we came across an amazing display of these huge paintings. They were swaying in the Bay breeze, formidable but also vulnerable, right at the edge of the soccer field.

Tiburon Art--2

A crew, including the artist, Kiril Jeliazkov, was busy assembling his giants, but Kiril took a moment to explain that he had spent two years creating the 110-piece installation in an abandoned gymnasium. Each 20-foot by 10-foot piece was created using waterproof (and dog-proof) paint applied to special plastic sheets imported from Germany. From what I could gather, the paintings are an expression of the expansiveness of his life as he wants it to be. Rica said that taken together, the paintings reminded her of Christo’s Running Fence, created in Marin and Sonoma counties in the 70s.

Tiburon Art Festival

Kiril invited us to join him and fellow artist Jean-Pierre Rives for a reception at Tiburon Town Hall on Sunday afternoon. Their works are part of the Tiburon Art Festival, which runs until August 18.

Tiburon Arts Festival

Maxwell Drever and Isabelle Drever greet Jean-Paul Rives at the Tiburon reception on Aug. 11, 2013. Isabelle is the director of Art by the Bay. Her father is an active art patron.

Uwe Wagner with Jean-Paul Rives

Uwe Wagner, of Tiburon Consulting LLC, discussing large art works with artist Jean-Paul Rives.

Rica gets an autograph from artist Kiril Jeliazkov.

We later drove into downtown Tiburon and found several of Jean-Pierre’s steel designs along the waterfront. He is a Hall of Fame former rugby player, which I suppose helps when it comes time to move his sculptures.

Tiburon Art by the Bay

It’s obvious that both men are big thinkers. I couldn’t help marvel at the energy they must have in order to handle everything involved in creating and moving around tons and tons of art. They walked and talked like the rest of us, but these aren’t ordinary men.

If I were an artist, I’d probably do miniatures, little paintings to fit in egg cartons.

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Written by Ron Greene

August 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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  1. WOW!~ Beautiful stuff. Is it still there? Great photos!Hope all’s well with you and Rica.xoxoxSusan

    Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:35:08 +0000 To: susankirsch@hotmail.com

    Susan Kirsch

    August 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    • Thanks, Susan. Yes, it’s there through August 18.

      I accidentally left Rica’s photo out of the version of the blog that’s sent out automatically to subscribers. I’ve now corrected this big mistake on the version living on the server. She’s doing well and enjoying her reduced hours at the Asher Clinic.

      I see you’re in the thick of Marin’s housing wars. It’s too complicated for me, but I sure don’t like that big monster off 101 near our home.

      Ron Greene

      August 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  2. Hi Ron,
    Enjoyed this post via Stephen ‘s link on my FB page. I also love art in the streetscape for everyone to enjoy.
    The sculpture at the close is fabulous!
    Best regards to you and Rica from Perth,
    Joanna Brazier

    Joanna Brazier

    August 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm


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