Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TCPL's 48' Urban Street Art Mural completed successfully

Thanks to a Sustainable Tompkins mini-grant TCPL was able to invite 6 local graffiti artists to turn 6 wood panels into a 48’ Urban Street Art Mural during Gallery Night, June 1. 

Bad weather forced us to move the event to the front of the library under the awning.  Painting started at 2 PM when a light beige base coat was applied to all the panels.  Using spray paint, brushes and, in some, cases marker pens the designs slowly emerged, were changed, developed and finally completed by 8:00 PM.  

There was no set theme for the mural, rather it had to reflect a feeling for the Library.  During the painting it was decided to add a book to each panel.

The first panel features TCPL.  The last panel features PAC the City Public Art Commission with whom the Library worked to identify artists and locate potential hanging sites. The other four panels include birding, Spiderman, an artist’s name and the Public Library.

Library patrons and Gallery Night visitors came to watch the painting, talk to the artists and to listen to music by Fall Creek Folk and Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers, who generously played from 5 to 8 PM. 

A site along Fulton Street has be confirmed for hanging the finished mural.  Details of the hanging will follow.

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