I am a local artist, Hans
d’Hollosy, and am primarily a studio painter (an artist
working on stretched canvas in a studio). This is my first outdoor
mural and I love every inch of it. What started as a small, 20 foot by 10 foot mural, has grown to be a 154 foot long by 20 foot high opus. I just could not stop myself from painting more ... and more...
The Lord Leebrick/Newzone Mural (aka.West Broadway Mural) at West Broadway and Olive
Alley (at 164 West Broadway) in downtown Eugene,Oregon, is my creation. I am one artist relying on my vision, and forty years artistic experience to make this work. At close to 3000 square feet
this non-commercial, non-commissioned mural may be the largest of its kind
in Lane County,
perhaps Oregon. I realize that this work is technically a mural, a painting
directly on a wall, but being the sole perpetrator of this organically
conceived creation (no blue prints, sketches, etc.), I am free to feel. think about, treat the project, and
develop the project as I wish. Hence, I treat it as I would treat a big painting in my studio. The alley has become my studio; the wall my canvas.
I have spent four months (about
400 hours) on the mural to date, and have determined the mural is
approximately sixty percent complete. I am seeking funding for another 200 to 300 hours of
work, at a cost of $6800.00. This funding will allow me to bring this ambitious artwork to its artistic conclusion. Paints,
paint brushes, lights and a water base, protective coating are the key
completing and protecting this mural for the continued enjoyment by, not only the local community, but also by visitors from all
over Oregon, the country, and the world.
The mural has already become a destination for many people from other
parts of Oregon
and the US,,
both by actual visits, and virtually through articles and interviews in the local
news, The internet has given my mural a world wide presence.
To date it has been "my time, my dime' that has fueled and propelled this
project. It is forward funding that the
mural now needs to bring it towards its artistic completion, not compensation for
past efforts and expenses.
I work the mural in an all over manner. For example, I often apply one
color at a time to the entire length of the mural, and then follow with
another color, and another. This technique gives the viewer a sense that the work is
always on the verge of completion. The work maintains cohesion and
continuity during all stages of its progress. I feel this is an
important quality when making public art, especially so when the work is
labor intensive and done over a longer period of time, as when done by
one artist. The viewing public is always privy to the process, and
encouraged, both by me and the work itself, to come and enjoy the work
as it progresses.
This mural has become a venue in Eugene, It is a place to go for the artwork, for photo opportunities and to meet up with other people.
Where people are walking, looking, and discussing art there is less of a
tendency for anti-social behavior to flourish. Figuratively, the light of
day makes for a safer and cleaner environment, and nothing magnifies the light
of day like people enjoying themselves, even when darkness comes, there is a
heightened sense of well-being.The twenty years I spent as an artist in New York City, the premier walking friendly, venue rich urban area in the country (in my opinion, of course) convinces me that I am right about this.
Because of the location
and size of this work, it is difficult to see the entire image from one place; the viewer's eye is initially drawn towards the mural; then the viewer is enticed to enter the 180 foot long alley to follow the allusional and artistic narrative, The viewer is encouraged to enter, what was, as most urban alleys are, a less than welcoming thorough
fare, and to enjoy the theatrical, artistic, and literary references that the Lord Leebrick Theater and the New Zone Gallery, the buildings occupants, have inspired me to present. There are oblique references to a dozen of Shakespeare's works, contemporary plays, film and literature, as well as the visual arts.
I strongly encourage those who fund to consider the positive ramifications that this mural has had on this location
and this community, and to consider the positive effects, the funding of my mural, will have on this community, and communities everywhere.
Please visit my Facebook page at: Facebook.com/westbroadwaymural. There you will be able to see the process and development of the mural to date and the murals interaction with events and the community.
Interestingly, the wall faces the East; the inclement weather tends to come from the West, leaving the wall dry, even on the rainiest days. The wind and building's construction create a dry space that extends several feet away from the wall. The drip-line is far enough from the building to protect me from direct weather as well. This past May, when a half inch layer of hail the size of corn kernels fell in downtown Eugene, I was able to keep working.
Two t-shirts, each with an image of your choice from the mural, hand signed by the artist, and limited use of mural imagery for a project of your own. Your initials embedded in the mural, as you like it, but at my discretion.
Two t-shirts with an image of your choice from the mural, Each signed by the artist, and limited use of mural imagery for a project of your own. Plus take the artist to lunch in Eugene, Oregon, (up to two hours of lunch and conversation).And your initials embedded in the mural, as you like it, but at my discretion.