From a press release:
“Commissioned by local restaurant Smith Commons Dining Room & Public House (1245 H Street, NE), the artist is covering a 35′ x 30′ space on the building side wall with an image originally painted on canvas, entitled ‘Dusk.’ The mural is a realistic depiction of a hybrid rooster / man in a cape pulled open to reveal a pastoral landscape in the vein of 19th century Romanticist painters, with the business name blended in at the roof edge.”
“This is the second work by GAIA for the restaurant. The first image, a single hand (a recurring theme in his work) posed in a manner reminiscent of classic paintings of spiritual figures, was added to the 2nd level of the building in early 2011.
On Sunday, June 10, from 5-7pm, Contemporary Wing will host an artist talk and reception with GAIA, who will share the story of his work, his inspirations and thoughts on street art, and examples of his international installation and artworks. More detail will be available through the gallery’s website (ContemporaryWing.com).”