The Great Living Wall

After 4 months from concept to completion, over 200 hours of planting, over 4000 succulent plants and a lot of my blood, sweat and tears, my controversial, 15ft mural of Mao Zedong (Tse-tung) is INSTALLED!!! He was quite a challenge, but he now resides at his new home at Underbelly in Little Italy. Go enjoy a ramen and step back to admire my Chairman Mao or give him the finger, either way, it’s pretty frickin’ cool. Thanks to everyone who helped and supported me throughout this project! Your kind words, anticipation and excitement were excellent motivation! 😀


From Garrett Eaton Photography:

Some photos from the process:


Even got a mention in an article in the Sign On San Diego/Union Trib (thank you, Karim!):

More photos to come!

Sam Lynn - October 30, 2011 - 5:41 pm

Holy succulents!! Awesome job, lady, that is amazing! Maybe it’s been a long time since you first explained the project, but what made you choose Mao?

Sara - October 31, 2011 - 7:44 pm

Thanks Sam! My client chose Mao.

tru pettit - November 15, 2011 - 9:17 pm

This is absolutely awesome Sara!!! Congratulations!
Would love to check this out next time I’m in the area.

Sara - November 15, 2011 - 10:20 pm

Thank you so much, Tru! Yes, come see it! Do you have time before the wedding on Wed?

Charmae - November 26, 2011 - 1:44 am

gawking at this!!! OMG, sara..what an opportunity.. amazing work.. i’m not surprised you were able to accomplish such a task — you’re so talented!

Sara - November 26, 2011 - 2:55 am

Thanks Charmae! I truly appreciate that! It was quite a feat & I lost a lot of sleep over it, but I am so glad & so grateful that I was able to do it.

Justin B. - November 30, 2011 - 9:58 pm

I was visiting San Diego this weekend and happened to stop at Underbelly before my flight back home to Dallas. I was really impressed by your work. This piece blew my mind, so I had to find out who was behind it. Great job!

Sara - December 1, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Thanks so much, Justin B! Also, thanks for going out of your way to send me some kudos! Glad you like it!

Robert - February 29, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Wow that is really cool did you turn Maos face into all those pixels?
Does a computer program do that for you?
Looking forward to hearing back and great job!

Sara - March 1, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Thank you kindly! Yes, computer program.

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