Chris Reccardi has once again been commissioned by Tender Greens, Southern California’s massively successful (and most loved!) sustainably-operated restaurant chain, for a new custom 12-piece art installation at their newest location in Westwood, CA, due to open this coming July. Reccardi’s unique large-format art pieces will be incorporated into the design of the new space to provide a colorful pictorial backdrop to the franchise’s stylish urban/modern/organic aesthetic. Located in Westwood’s bustling UCLA/Financial district and measuring in at at over 3000 square feet, the new location is their largest yet and will provide a vibrant gathering place for students, artists & businesspeople with delicious food from sustainable local farms and artisan beer/wine from local producers.
Resulting from a collaborative idea session with Tender Greens co-founder Erik Olberholtzer, Chris is in the early design stages of a unique multi-piece narrative that draws from his many years as an animation storyteller/designer and fine artist to portray through characters and symbolism an emotionally personable story embodying the “Circle of Life” that connects us all.
Reccardi’s work can be seen in two other Tender Greens locations; an 8-piece installation in their Pasadena store and a (large!) 2-piece installation at Marina Del Rey. As with previous installations, limited editions of Chris’s Tender Greens prints will be available for purchase through his website reccardi.com. Official grand opening dates for Westwood will be announced in late June 2015.