Lord Leebrick/New Zone Mural
Lord Leebrick/New Zone Mural
The artistic completion and preservation of my mural at West Broadway and Olive alley, at 164 West Broadway. 154 ft by 20 ft mural.
The artistic completion and preservation of my mural at West Broadway and Olive alley, at 164 West Broadway. 154 ft by 20 ft mural. Read more
About this project
From KEZI 9 news: http://www.kezi.com/downtown-eugene-mural-expands/
If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, my 154 foot long by 20 foot high mural is worth, at least, two thousand words. I heartily encourage you to visit the mural's Facebook page at:Facebook.com/westbroadwaymural and let the mural speak for itself. There is also a short video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWGnZNP5n78 , which is worth a few more words.
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 to 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.
Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely, Hans d'Hollosy
Further, the following link leads to a video interview by the University of Oregon Daily Emerald, the award winning student publication accessed by the current university community as well as alumni scattered throughout the world: http://dailyemerald.com/2012/08/27/one-man-one-mural-reclaiming-the-urban-landscape-with-art-at-the-eugene-celebration/
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.
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