‘Giant Marfa’ is a donation to the community of Marfa, and Cerney has been working closely with the Marfa Chamber of Commerce to bring the work to life. The Chamber has graciously offered to cover the travel expenses to bring the artwork to Marfa.
Long a fan of James Dean, Cerney wanted to highlight the actor’s last film, as well as elements of the movie that are well known to its’ legions of fans. The mural will also play with the theme of time and nostalgia. In a stroke of good fortune, one of the ranches where ‘Giant’ was filmed was offered as a site for the mural installation, 5 miles west of Marfa on Highway 90. The site is the Little Reata Division of the Wyatt Ranches, and the corporate owners have been careful to respect the movie significance of the property...the old windmill which James Dean climbed during the movie remains intact, and the old ‘Little Reata’ sign will also compliment the mural. In the movie, the property was willed to Dean's character and he named it, 'Little Reata.' Lynn Wyatt, the matriarch of the Wyatt family, is well known for her patronage of the arts; and, the Board of Directors for Wyatt Ranches was excited for one of the actual movie sites to be selected for Cerney's roadside public artwork.
Work on the installation begins on Tuesday, October 16th, and should wrap up by Friday, the 19th. All of the painting is being executed in the artist’s studio in California and will be transported to Marfa.
Artists - John Cerney - Salinas, CA - johncerneymurals.com - shop (831) 758-8403 - cell (831) 578-4158
Michael Nesmith - Carmel Valley, CA
Gihon Foundation - Jessica Kent Advance / Coordinator / Press (831) 277-1866
Marfa Chamber of Commerce - Mark Rodriguez /Belinda Dominguez
Wyatt Ranches - Brad Wyatt
Installation - Phil Catalano, Ken Bonano, Amy Bonano, and Daniel Shamsie
Video - Carol Catalano
Audio Engineer - Gory Smelley
Photography - Barclay Gibson
Hotel Paisano / Riata Inn
*A PDF of the Press Release can be downloaded here.