Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Great Wall Restoration is Complete!

The longest mural in the world, now 35 years old, has been restored by for and with a new generation!

Read more about this historic moment in mural history here and here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Super Bowl Indy Murals Announced

The City of Indianapolis announced the establishment of the cities first Mural Arts Program, joining a growing list of American cities who are using the arts as a centerpiece of their community development initiatives.

Mural by Hector Duarte

“The arts play a vital role in enhancing our urban environment. The “46 for XLVI” murals will beautify our neighborhoods and are an innovative and creative way to augment the extensive infrastructure work underway across the City,” said Mayor Ballard.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis received more than 100 submissions, selected 32 finalists. Among these muralist are world-renowned muralist Hector Duarte who studied at the workshop of David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1977 before moving to Chicago where he is a Core Artist with the Chicago Public Art Group.

Other artists include Cecilia Lueza of Miami and John Domont. The arts council has assembles a talented group of mural artists whose work will beautify Indianapolis for years to come. These murals will be a great addition to a really beautiful city that loves public art and sports.

Wonder Flight by Cecilia Lueza

So be sure to tune in next February for Super Bowl 46 , maybe the half time will include a mural tour! And if you are planning on going to the game, maybe show up a few days early to enjoy a visionary American city.

Go Indy Murals!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Mural Project Unveiled Nationwide

Mural news has not slowed down in the past few months, but if you check the Tucson Arts Brigade and related blogs, you will see why I haven’t posted in a while.

Here in Tucson the Tucson Mural Arts Program has been getting some traction. The Barrio Centro mural will be unveiled in June, and a second project "Inside the Overpass" will start the same month.

In the Bay area there are a number of new mural projects. One that I’ve been following is the True Colors Mural Project Directed by Juana Alicia, with assistance from Cece Carpio

The mural will be unveiled Saturday, June 4th, 2011 1-4pm. 2111 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

"This dazzling mural, created by the True Colors Mural Project, depicts a world that faces environmental, social and moral challenges, while expressing the dreams and hopes of a young generation as they prepare to become the future leaders and guardians of this planet. Patterns of color create powerful images weave their way up this three-story mural, which is illuminated on the interior stairway that faces Martin Luther King Jr. Way."

The Chicago Public Art Group continues to create new works, most recently unveiling

the Osterman Beach Comfort Station. This multi media project is the work of lead artist Andy Bellomo and artist team Will Nicholson and Brett Whitacre and made possible in part form the Chicago Park District for support. You can see work in Chicago just east of Sheridan and Ardmore.

Back in Philadelphia How Philly Moves under the direction of lead artist JJ Tiziou continues to inspire thousands. As you can imagine this is a project of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program, who continue to innovate and experiment with large scale environment altering works.

This multidisciplinary work captures the Philadelphia spirit through images of dance with mutiple opportunities for interaction and viewing of the work. The final work is currently being installed at the Philadelphia International Airport.

There is much more to tell you, like the now infamous MOCA LA Art in the Streets exhibit, perhaps the first serious exhibition of graffiti and street art in the United States. It's also been a really popular exhibit bringing hundreds of new people to the museum.

It's great to see all of these projects coming to fruition. Send us your mural news!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MuralsDC is HOT

The national movement to Beautify and Unify our neighborhoods is underway in cities large and small across America. Check out the MuralsDC project. They have been replacing illegal graffiti with beautiful murals.

They write "The goal of this initiative is to positively engage the District’s youth by teaching proper art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. Site selection is based on areas of the District with high incidence of illegal graffiti as identified by the Department of Public Works (DPW) and other agencies. Each mural reflects the character, culture and history of the neighborhoods in the District and interests from the business/residence owners."

The MuralsDC project is a partnership between DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Department of Public Works, and the DC City Council’s Committee on Public Works

Looking at the murals that are being created, these images have a fresh inspiring feeling to them. It's great to see our nation's capital reflecting the creative genius of generation Yes.