“SHIFT” Will Wow Visitors at Wide Open Walls Mural Festival in Sacramento

July 13, 2017

Centerpiece installation to fill inside of “Wall Ball” donor party and open for public tours.


(SACRAMENTO, CA) – “SHIFT”, a 6,400-square-foot pavilion designed by architect Jason A. Silva, AIA, design principal at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture (D+B) and artist Ginger Thompson, project designer at D+B, will be the centerpiece for the upcoming Wide Open Walls mural festival taking place August 10-20, 2017. This is the fifteenth collaboration between Silva and Thompson for a Sacramento art program celebrating the city’s range of artistic endeavors.

Made up of over 1,000 individually folded sections of corrugated paper board, planks are stacked and angled to make narrow entry tunnels opening into a large interior gathering space before spilling out into the exterior courtyard. Internally lit throughout, it provides an exploratory experience, guiding visitors through.

“SHIFT is about veiled transparency: offering small windows but no whole picture, similar to the artist/viewer relationship during the creation of a mural. The space evokes flow through curved corridors and pauses in eddying ponds of space,” said Thompson.

To be unveiled at the Wall Ball, the festival’s donor and artist party, SHIFT provides an experiential space for artists and art supporters to connect and convene. “We chose the SHIFT pavilion for the Wall Ball to encourage patrons to experience the space and the murals more interactively,” said David Sobon, founder and producer of Wide Open Walls. The Wall Ball will be held inside a warehouse in the Mansion Flats neighborhood on August 19. Tickets for the event can be purchased at: wow916.com. The pavilion will be open to public tours starting August 20, 2017.

SHIFT is the duo’s second installation this year, and features work with recycled corrugated material donated from PackageOne of Sacramento. The team’s first installation was entitled “Section” and debuted at ArtStreet from February 3-25, 2017, at the historic Setzer lumber mill in Sacramento.

About the Designers

Both Silva and Thompson work at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture and their numerous collaborations have included six pavilions and installations: “BTWN” (2012) and “.WAV” (2013) at Launch Festivals; “VOX” (2014) and “PiXL” (2015) at TBD Festivals; and “Section” (2017) at ArtStreet in Sacramento.

Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture
Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture (D+B), founded in ­1950 in Sacramento, Calif., with an office in San Francisco, is a mid-size firm headquartered in the California capital. The firm serves corporate, public, and institutional markets with solutions achieved through collaboration and innovation. Committed to a sustainable future, D+B brings expertise in architecture, master planning, interiors, graphic design, and construction services. Current projects include UC Santa Cruz Upper Quarry Amphitheater Rehabilitation; Blue Diamond Growers Historic Office Renovations; Sacramento State University Union Expansion North, and Welcome Center.