PROVO CITY MURAL (LOTS OF PHOTOS!)
For the last two and a half weeks I’ve left behind the comfort of my studio to work in a tunnel. In an effort to clean up and brighten the area, the Provo City Police Department has commissioned me to paint a mural along the Provo River Trail. The trail continues below the road at 820 N 850 W, creating a 40 ft tunnel, which I am fortunate enough to call my canvas.
Here is the tunnel before we started: bare cement walls with patches of paint to cover up the graffiti.
The Police Department was kind enough to pressure wash the entire tunnel before we started painting, so that we wouldn’t end up with dirt, bugs and spiderwebs in the mural. Here is Sergeant Crozz with the hose:
Over a period of two and a half weeks (totaling 51.5 working hours), I was joined by friends, family, the police department, and neighborhood volunteers in priming the tunnel walls, blocking out the base coats, and painting letters, trees, fish and clouds. I am so grateful to everyone that came out and took the time to make the tunnel a brighter place.
While the mural was a lot of fun to paint, we certainly had our share of trouble along the way:
After all that work of painting through floods and rain storms, cleaning up graffiti, washing paint out of hair, and slicing open our hands, we finished! The tunnel is definitely a brighter and more colorful place.
NEXT: MORE MURALS!
I’m happy to say that this tunnel is just the beginning! Tomorrow I’ll be joined by a class of high school art students to start painting a new tunnel, twice the size of the first. While I’ll be using the same color palette, I’ve come up with a new scene for each wall that continues the themes of the river, neighborhoods, Provo City, and our mountainous landscapes.
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