I did not know how to paint a mural. I did not know how to prepare the surface. There was nobody from the Renaissance around who could advise me, and I did the best I could. Maurice Sendak *
To learn more about Sendak’s unique – because it’s his only – extant mural, read something about it here – or visit in person at the Rosenbach in Philadelphia http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/20160422_Sendak_mural_gets_a_new_home_at_new_library_branch.html
If, on the other hand, you’re one of the many Minnesotans (http://artforce.org) intrigued by the hundreds of murals you pass every day on your way to work, or by the massive painting that graces your favorite watering hole, be aware that there’s a tool for that!
The Air Force Academy in Northeast has created, and will continue to expand, a handy annotated map to the Murals of Minneapolis!
Smart-phone in hand, google the site, click on the map – and prepare to be amazed. You’ll find the name, something about the artists and a delightful essay the tells the story of the mural, how it came to be, what it means to the artist and to the neighborhood – the answers to questions you haven’t thought to ask. http://www.artforce.academy/mural-map/
Here’s how the mappers describe their idea and their work:
This project came about on one of those summer days – you know the ones… We were cruising through the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District when a glorious mural peaked over the horizon.
As it drew nearer, we wondered, “Who painted this mural? Where can we find out?” Much to our surprise, there was no single source detailing all of Minneapolis’ murals. So we set out to do it ourselves. Enter the Minneapolis Mural Map! We hope to add mural maps – neighborhood by neighborhood – and could really use your help hunting them all down. In the meantime, please see the Northeast Minneapolis Mural Map as it takes shape below.
So far the Art Force sleuths have explored and documented murals in Northeast, North and South Minneapolis. They’re eager to connect with mural-mavens throughout the community. In their own words, “We hope to add mural maps – neighborhood by neighborhood – and could really use your help hunting them all down.”
While you’re on the Art Force website cruise the site to learn more about the range and relevance of all that’s happening at this very special Northeast Minneapolis beehive! (http://artforce.org)
Interesting – and relevant – item found in today’s email: 7-29