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 West Broadway/ Olive Alley Mural (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 one year (about 600 hours) on the mural to date, and had determined the mural to be approximately eighty percent complete. I have now determined the work is complete and am seeking funding to chronicle the making of the mural, and to preserve this work in photo/video form; thus bringing it to its artistic conclusion. Paints, paint brushes, lights and time were, of course, all key to completing this mural; a photo/video documentation will archive this massive mural for future reference, and for the continued enjoyment and inspiration by, not only the local community, but also by visitors and muralists 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. With the help of the community and the Kickstarter Program the funding that the mural now needs to bring it towards its artistic completion is, I hope - just around the corner! If you have enjoyed the mural, its progress and presence in the community, you may be assured that another mural by me will be "just around the corner".
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 thoroughfare and to enjoy the theatrical, artistic, and literary references that the West Broadway/ Olive Alley Mural exudes. There are oblique references to a dozen of Shakespeare's works, contemporary plays, film and literature, as well as the visual arts. Many of these references will be explained and made clearer in my photo/video cd project.
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's photo/video cd, 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/
Risks and challenges
i am putting the Mural completion project on Kickstarter for the second time, and I hope your hopes and expectations for a completed project, paramount to mine, have not been extinguished. By reducing the asked for amount to $1600.00, which is the amount I raised last time, though within Kickstarter's all or nothing paradigm, and being short of my goal, I did not receive anything. I would love to see your past support continue, with support for this phase. I look forward to your support: help me put an initial kick into my latest attempt to fund the completion of my mural through the Kickstarter crowd funding program. Please remember, that unlike many projects on Kickstarter, those that rely on funding to get off the ground, the mural is already – off the ground—(pun intended). There is no gamble here that this project may, or may not be started. The project exists, but begs to be completed (and expanded upon). I can not guarantee completion. And state, herewith, that Oregon Contemporary Theater, OCT, has nothing to do with my year long effort on this mural, outside of a subtle prod to my theatrical themes, and sensibilities. The mural is not a work for hire, and in no way reflects the tastes and desires of OCT, or its subsidiaries.
Kickstarter, itself, does not guarantee the veracity of the projects it hosts. Sketches and business plans are left to the contributors to verify; and may, in fact, remain just that, sketches and plans whose completion are subject to the vagaries of permits, good intentions, and nature. The West Broadway/Olive Alley mural does exist, and is patently documented to be on the East wall of 164 West Broadway, Eugene, Oregon 97402.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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