Kota Ezawa in Murals of La Jolla

October 4, 2017

Kota Ezawa,  Once Upon a Time in the West , La Jolla, CA, 2017

Kota Ezawa, Once Upon a Time in the West, La Jolla, CA, 2017


Kota Ezawa has unveiled a new mural entitled Once Upon a Time in the West, 2017 in conjunction with the Murals of La Jolla program. Murals of La Jolla was conceived in 2010 as a means to enhance the civic character of the community by commissioning public art projects on private property throughout La Jolla.

Once Upon a Time in the West pays homage to La Jolla’s landmark contribution to science and architecture. The mural image overlays a stylized portrait of architect Louis Kahn in profile onto a perspectival view of the Salk Institute’s courtyard and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The Salk Institute, located in La Jolla, has been a hub for groundbreaking scientific research since its inception by Jonas Salk in 1960. Kahn was handpicked by Salk to design a flexible laboratory space that would be conducive to the constantly evolving needs of science. Ezawa portrays Kahn deep in thought as the modern, bold architecture of the Salk is depicted behind him. The use of contrasting opaque and transparent forms seamlessly blends Kahn with his creation, suggesting the endless possibilities of science and art. 

Once Upon a Time in the West is located at 7905 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla, CA.