'Welcome to Fresno' mural
As you deplane at Fresno Yosemite International Airport you’re struck by Collins’ 70-foot-long panorama of the snow covered mountains in Yosemite National Park. Of “Welcome to Fresno,” 9,000 pixels high and over 30,000 long, he jokes: “They constructed this new terminal to house my mural.”
Fresno Grizzlies baseball stadium
A second mural by Collins at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, called “California’s New Frontier,” is a montage of Fresno landmarks. Measuring 9x50-feet, this mural is located at a baggage claim area. Going left to right, although not shown in its entirety, it features a fruit blossom, which leads to the Savemart Center, which is located on the grounds of Fresno State University. In the middle sits City Hall then the Fresno Grizzlies baseball stadium. Says Collins, “Each building, as well as the blossom, was shot separately multiple times and blended together in Adobe Photoshop CS2 on my Mac G4. In actuality, all these landmarks are miles apart from each other.”
The images were ripped at a hardware resolution of 363x363 dpi and
sent to Fresno for installation.
In the Works
Collins, a former Navy deep-sea diver, recently redesigned his underwater camera
housing for his Hasselblad digital for his next project—a mural for
the new Aquarius Aquarium—”to get up close and personal with
With four mural projects now in the works, he will find out just how big
he can go.
“Instead of the sky being the limit, technology is—at least at the