Artisan Lynn Hessler talks about why the Curran is a sacred place to her.
Some of the artisans who are involved in the Curran’s renovation look on its walls as a canvas for their artistry. Here is Lynn Hessler who is a muralist with EverGreene Architectural Arts stenciling the walls of one of the orchestra boxes this week to match an extant original panel from the boxes which was excavated by EverGreene. I ask Hessler, who is from San Luis Obispo, if she purposefully put the blueish dye in her hair to match the Curran’s blueish walls. “This is perfectly natural,” she deadpans still staring carefully at the stencil she is painting.
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”
And what would she call the color of both the Curran’s walls and her wonderful punk-ish look?
It's unique to the Curran. I think it is kind of a peacock teal.
“Oh, it’s got so many names. I’ve heard a lot of descriptions for it. It’s unique to the Curran. I think it is kind of a peacock teal.”
How does her job here restoring the Curran to its decorative splendor compare to the other jobs Hessler has had? “I do lots of theaters. But I’ve done more churches. I do sacred spaces,” she says. Is the Curran a sacred space? “Oh, definitely. I’ve been here since May. After a while a building - if you work on it like I do - becomes a living, breathing entity. You begin to feel it and absorb its energy. It’s like that old saying - if the walls could talk. Well, they do kind of talk to me. They definitely ‘vibe’ you. It is sacred. It is. There is such great energy here inside the Curran. Sometimes on jobs you don’t even know why things don’t flow correctly and its hard to make things work and look right. But the Curran is coming to meet us more than half way. It’s very happy and grateful. We’ve had nothing but good energy here from it.”