by Sora O'Doherty (published in the Lamorinda Weekly 10/14/20)
The Orinda city council heard an unusual proposal Oct. 6 under Items for the Good of the City: resident Kate Rittmann is suggesting a plan for artist Jane Kim to install large-scale mural art around the city.
Rittmann was inspired by the ConnectOrinda Downtown Streetscape Master Plan that includes ideas for public art. Years ago, Rittmann was on the board of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she met Kim, a student. Kim is a co-founder of Ink Dwell, a studio dedicated to art that celebrates wildlife and its role in the natural world. She is known for, among other works, a 50-foot- tall monarch butterfly painted on a building at Hyde and O'Farrell in San Francisco last year.