Can one large community mural change the neighborhood for the better?
It can when it communicates the vision, values and history of its location. On August 16, Glass House Collective hosted a special ceremony to unveil its collaborative community mural, the largest of its kind in Chattanooga.
Professional artists Shaun LaRose and Rondell Crier led interns, students and residents over a three month time frame to create the larger than life composition, which spans the side of an old bank building at the intersection of Glass Street and North Chamberlain.
Besides adding visual interest, the mural has energized and inspired locals, who regularly stopped by during its creation to give positive feedback. Ultimately, project collaborators hope it will encourage even greater interest and investment in the Glass Street area.
The artists solicited community input to develop the theme of faith, hope, love and empowerment. The mural’s movement and fluidity represents passing those values from one generation to the next. Taking just two months to complete, the mural is a lasting symbol of how collaboration can help paint a new picture for Glass Street.
2 local artists completed the project, Shaun LaRose and Rondell Crier
2 artist interns, Emma Flynn and Miles Freeman
3 artist assistants to the lead artist and interns
12 students from CCS worked over the summer on prepping the wall
4 Glass Street teens worked alongside Rondell in creating the mural
55 paint brushes
250 gallons of paint
Can a splash of paint connect us to a place? Local designers Matt Adams and Nick Turner transformed a blank billboard on Glass Street into an eye-cathcing work of art to prove just that. Ultimately, the goal for the project was to demonstrate how creativity in the public realm drives collaboration and fosters a sense of place. Adams and Turner worked with volunteers to design and fabricate a large-scale stencil for the billboard, at which attendees of the Glass Street LIVE block party threw over 100 water balloons and cups filled with paint. The result was a splashy, vibrant sign that couldn’t be more clear: Glass Street is here.
Engaged over 35 individuals to reclaim a part of Glass Street.
Youtube Video can be found here.
Can yarn bombing build community? Chattanooga-based artist Olga de Klein uses the art of yarn bombing to create connections between people and place. “Trolley” is a 30-foot wide, 15-foot tall mixed-media mural made of yarn and paint on plywood. Sections of yarn knit by residents and supporters of Glass Street visually represent how individuals, when stitched together, can become something greater than before.
The mural also celebrates the historic East Chattanooga Belt Line Trolley which connected the Glass Farm District to the businesses and attractions downtown in the early 1900s. The trolley is not only a point of connection for places – it connects people. De Klein’s mural is designed to do the same – inviting people to interact with the installation and ultimately one another.
The temporary installation is located at 2442 Glass Street.
14 volunteers engaged in the project
17,151 yards of yarn were used, which translates into about 9.7 miles
1 image of this mural reached more than 2,500 on facebook
More than 100 first-time visitors attracted to Glass Street
Featured on http://www.facebook.com/LionBrandYarns
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