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HEATHER DAY at work on her PROVENANCE VINEYARDS mural. Photography by grace sager.
The artist in her studio. Photography by Margaret Austin Photography.
The final result. Photography by grace sager.

Day Trip

by C California Style

The world is Heather Day’s canvas

“It’s important for everyone to have access to meaningful artwork,” says artist Heather Day. And the San Francisco-based talent is doing her part—recently leaving her mark at YouTube in San Bruno, where dripping electric-blue ribbons and directional pink zigzags activate the concrete hallways (a follow-up project for the company is also in the works).

Her full-time art practice, comprising expressive works on canvas, paper and walls, has been booming since she left a job as a sales associate at Janus et Cie in 2014. “The creative obstacle is balancing the visual harmony between the artwork and the existing architectural forms,” she says of her murals. Last year, she debuted an augmented reality installation—visible only via smartphone—outside Mark Zuckerberg’s office at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park. In August at Provenance Vineyards in St. Helena, she unveiled a 60-foot-long piece that responds to the local terrain, punctuated by swaths of sky blue and moss green. “It’s not about a great backdrop for a selfie,” says Day, who is prepping a solo exhibition with S.F.-based Hashimoto Contemporary for the Art on Paper fair in New York City this spring. “My hope is that people will slow down and observe.” heatherday.com.

Written by FLORA TSAPOVSKY.