Friday, October 27, 2017

Mural Fun in the City...

In 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia enabled professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals. One of our personal favorites is a mural that was created in 1998. The Peace Wall in Grays Ferry helped residents find common ground through art. The mural became a symbol of hope and unity.

On September 18th, 2017, our studio artists began painting a 66' x 23' mural on Race Street in Philadelphia thanks to Tackett & Company.

On the first day of painting, we realized that the summer weather occurring in the middle of fall meant scorching sun from 11am-2pm every day for the next 7 days. The heat factor became a major hurdle for us to overcome. When paint begins to heat up it dries at an accelerated rate. If the paint is not applied quickly, it dries and creates a film that won't stick to the wall. It’s important to move very quickly as a team.

Another stumbling block was the ground directly in front of the wall. It was pitched away from the wall for water run-off and we had to incorporate the use of 20-40' ladders in certain areas of the design along with a scissor lift where we could use it.

The finished product was worth all of the trials and tribulations! We are so proud to add to the collection of beautiful murals throughout our city. We look forward to the next one.  A huge thank you to our studio artists who were our painting heroes and to Tackett & Company for a fun opportunity to work together!   

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