Redmond & Mardiah Gleeson Mural Tribute-KGB
The idea to do a tribute piece for my father, Redmond Gleeson sprang up organically. I have been a graffiti artist my entire adult life and doing something publicly in that medium for my him was a natural reflex, not just for me but for all of us in the crew and beyond that knew him. Our crew, KGB – Kids Gone Bad, are on a text thread and share stories and ideas all the time in our day to day life. Almost immediately the chatter started there with David Arquette initially volleying the concept of a tribute piece. It caught like wild fire with all of us immediately agreeing to the mission. Balthasar Adell took on the very important job of organizing the logistics behind the scenes. He secured the wall, assigned the design team of Gajin Fujita and David Arquette and made sure that no momentum was lost. And we all faithfully saw it thru to its completion.
It really is a reflection of the love that my father gave to his community, let alone his family, that fueled the entire project. It was all very obvious. The energy behind planning, and then doing it over memorial day weekend, was effortless. All we had to do was show up. Redmond was a thoroughly selfless and compassionate human being who always prioritized people and their well being over everything else. He opened his home to anyone and everyone with love- while at the same time commanding respect. He shared a kindness and a joy for life that was clear to all who came into contact with him. It was all reflected in his passing. In the closing days, those that could visit him on Zoom and in person, and on social media, shared their love and stories of times with him and how he touched their hearts. This was not only very inspiring but ultimately a profound teaching moment. To realize that the most important legacy you can leave, by far, is the love and compassion you show by example to your loved ones and community throughout your life. This will pay 1 million times over as your reward. Guaranteed. An artistic expression beautifully rendered and lovingly carried out on the wall for him is just a very very small reflection of that.
— Harlan Gleeson
We’d like to thank all who played a part in making this happen:
Letter and letter color design: Gajin Fujita.
Mardiah and Redmond Portrait: David Arquette.
Background color scheme:
Design by Mardiah Gleeson and carried out by the KGB crew.