Murals by Rosana Castrillo Diaz seen at In Situ, San Francisco - Break this Heart Mural
Murals by Rosana Castrillo Diaz seen at In Situ, San Francisco - Break this Heart Mural
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Break this Heart Mural

"Break this Heart" is a 13'1" x 23'5" site-specific mural by Rosana Castrillo Diaz located in SF MoMa's In Situ restaurant. The Spanish artist has several pieces in the museum's permanent collection. Diaz cultivates the idea of invisibility in most of her work.

"The mural for SF Moma will be executed with four values of white and will make use of the reflective qualities of mica paint. The mural is to be executed on a wall in the cafeteria which runs East to West. The opaque side of the paint will be apparent from the west side (street) as well as looking north from the restaurant. People entering from the museum will view the paint as reflective. The mural will contain imagery of a dried Dahlia.

When I first arrived in the Bay Area, our lovely summer sublet in Palo Alto came with an extensive garden and a large patch of perfectly stalked dahlias. I was elated and displayed the flowers all over our cottage. Since then, dahlias have remained a dear flower to me and are permanently linked to my arrival in California.

Last June, the dahlias I brought into the studio started drying and wilting. They were just as beautiful and interesting in their decay as in their full glory the day I bought them. As I observed the petals of the dahlias curling and drying, I wondered what are the places where we find beauty and meaning. Can we find beauty amidst change and the different stages of life? Can we find beauty and meaning in aging, pain, personal growth, transformation? Can we find equal inspiration and meaning in the beauty of spring and summer’s energy as well as in the fall and winter’s dark and silent hours?

In 1926 the dahlia was made the official flower of San Francisco by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. There were no dissenting votes. I will conclude with their resolution:

“WHEREAS the Dahlia has reached its highest perfection in and about San Francisco, and because Dahlias originated in San Francisco are grown in gardens all over the world; and

WHEREAS the Dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisy-like wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty. It has come back to San Francisco like the sophisticated world traveler it is, to find its favorite home here, where it thrives in the cool summers and the moist air of our fog-swept, sandy gardens by the sea;

WHEREAS, it is a robust flower, generous and able to thrive in any reasonable soil, so long as it is not too dry, and has the primitive strength of our pioneer ancestors, together with the gayety and color that no other city nor flower can hope to equal, going like our artists and poets, to carry color and beauty into far climes, but blooming best in our own gardens out of doors in our cool even climates;

WHEREAS, in its versatility, its beauty, its infinite variety of color and form, it is the very symbol of San Francisco life and of the spirit of her people; therefore, be

RESOLVED, That the Dahlia be and it is here designated the official flower of San Francisco.”"