The Brick House Mural Project is an art installation on the side of a brick cornerstone building, located on the north side of Corning’s Gaffer District. The project is part of the ongoing efforts to beautify this section of Corning and re-build its reputation as an important part of the history and culture of the city. With your help, we will transform this two-story brick wall into a welcoming and creative display of pride in Corning history titled, "A Glimpse into the Past".
Using techniques designed to “fool-the-eye” (Trompe L’oeil), professional muralist Brett Steeves (SomersCreative.com) will create a mural full of Corning history and heritage. Local residents will enjoy a sense of pride as they see and share the mural with friends and family. For many tourists this will be their first introduction to Corning as they enter the Gaffer District from the north.
WHY? Because well-done murals say a lot about who we are here in Corning.
Murals build a sense of community. They make it welcoming and walk-able. They make you want to go there and experience them. Their deeper value lies in the conversations they create and the connections they build. They tell the stories of individuals, neighborhoods, and the cities in which they are located.
Following the lead of a multitude of towns and cities across the globe, our mural will not be just a strong drawing feature for tourism. It will be a constant reminder that Art is very much a part of the culture here.
When one visits the site of a mural it appears as an oasis of positive energy and tidiness in an otherwise bleak and tired area. It feels safe and very much like a “Welcome Mat”.
WHAT? Further defining the project.
Located at the corner of Pulteney and Bridge Streets in downtown Corning, the building is only blocks away from the Corning Museum of Glass. This will be one of Corning’s largest mural projects to date, in scope, visibility, and notability.
HOW? What is the process?
In order to begin with the best possible surface for long-term viability, we’ll start with a thorough cleaning and abrading of the existing paint. Once we are assured of a proper surface, a high-quality exterior primer with UV stabilizers and enhanced adhesion characteristics is applied. The mural itself is then painted in high-quality latex acrylics. This type of paint allows for the shrinking and expansion brought on by the elements. The finished mural first receives a permanent coat of a clear varnish. (This layer cannot be removed with water or mineral spirits) The final layer is a Petroleum based clear varnish with UV stabilizers in it. Should the mural be subjected to graffiti this coat, along with the graffiti, is removable with mineral spirits. It can only be removed down to the first clear coat. The mural is thereby protected and a new final layer of clear can be re-applied.
In this fashion, the mural can be expected to last as many as 15 years or more before needing some attention.
WHO is the Artist?
Brett Steeves has been painting murals, both commercial and residential, at locations up and down the eastern coast of United States for more than 20 years. Before that, beginning in 1978 he worked in other mediums.
He has been commissioned to create themed building facades and interior murals by private individuals, designers, developers, business owner, museums, and government agencies.
Most recently Brett is completing a series of historical murals in Hammondsport, NY. The series commemorates the local wine industry history, hometown inventor and aviator Glenn Curtiss as well as the local Native American culture from years gone by.
WHO ELSE is involved?
Brick House Brewery owners, Karin & David Fice along with co-owners Karen & Mark Harrison, are offering the side of their building, to be the canvas for the mural. Their hope is to "breathe life" into a part of the city that in recent years tends to be forgotten by locals and tourists who are often drawn to the bustling and quaint Market Street side of the city.
The Brewery owners were familiar with Brett Steeves' eye-catching artwork, and reached out to him for help in transforming their otherwise large, plain, brick building into a colorful commemorative mural highlighting Corning's history and in the process, help beautify the Northside.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
We have created a selection of super cool incentives with the BHMP Supporter Logo as well as incentives that will be created with the finalized mural image to give to each of our backers at the various levels of support once our project is fully funded! Take a look at a few of them shown below - we hope you will like them as much as we do!
Risks and challenges
This 2-story project will begin in late June and be completed by the end of July. Painting publicly, outside comes with some minimal risks in the summer months, most notably - weather. In the event that it rains nonstop during this time window, the project timeline (and therefore incentives that include images of the finalized mural) will need to be adjusted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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