In the span of just a few days and with the help of Argentinian artist Nicolás Romero aka Ever, Ziegler has changed the landscape of downtown Mill Valley with his massive mural, dubbed "The Mysterious Thing," on the wall of the CineArts @ Sequoia Theatre above the outdoor dining deck of the new Playa restaurant on Throckmorton Avenue.
"Zio absolutely nailed it," Playa co-owner Bill Higgins says. "It's a homage to Mount Tam, to Temelpa, to our community, and its just fantastic. It's transformational for our downtown, and we're thrilled."
In a Planning Commission hearing just before he began the mural, Ziegler said that while he didn’t produce sketches of the mural in advance – he prefers to work on instinct – he drew inspiration from the words on the plaque at the Sitting Bull monument along Temelpa Trail on Mt. Tam:
– Sitting Bull 1877
Ziegler, the son of Banana Republic founders Mel and Patricia Ziegler, returned home to Mill Valley in 2011 from college at Brown and Rhode Island School of Design with a whirlwind of energy, opening his Art Sempre pop-up art and clothing shop and showcasing his burgeoning artistic style with murals all over town, from the Throckmorton Theatre and Proof Lab to Tam Bikes and even turning a Sycamore Park family’s Porsche of into a mobile mural.
Fast forward a half-decade and he's an internationally acclaimed artist, with murals both far afield (London, Tokyo, Paris, Ukraine andCozumel, Mexico, to name a few) and closer to home in San Francisco’s Mission, Tenderloin and Outer Sunset neighborhoods, on the Federal Realty Building in Oakland and on the campuses of tech giants like Facebook, Uber and Google.
Ziegler’s global emergence serves as the backdrop for his latest hometown project. The venture came about quickly. Soon after they purchased Playa in June from Karen Goldberg, Bill and Vanessa Higgins and Peter Schumacher, whose Real Restaurants company owns Mill Valley landmarks Buckeye Roadhouse and Bungalow 44, among others, reached out to Ziegler about creating a mural above the deck. Ziegler was game, and serendipitously had a small window of time before he headed overseas on August 10 for more previously-scheduled mural projects.
The group obtained permission from theatre owner Friends of the Sequoia Theater, with California Film Institute Executive Director Mark Fishkin, one of the group’s managing partners, calling the proposed mural a community “asset that enhances the beautiful common areas that have been incorporated into the new design of Playa's outdoor space.”
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