JUNE 4th UPDATE: I am thrilled to have reached the fundraising goal for the Tumble Mural project. Thanks to the generous support of so many, the costs of preparing and painting the mural have been secured! However, there are additional costs and time associated with planning and promoting the mural and the ongoing education around the project as well as the preparation for the opening event. For this reason, I will continue to fundraise around the mural to recover these additional costs and encourage support for community based public art. If you value DIY public art and want to enable the creation more projects like this, please join us in backing this project. Thank you!
CORTELYOU road in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn has the scale of a small town main street with the cultural diversity of a big city.
Walking past the local public library every day for years, I often thought that the stark architecture was at odds with its surroundings and purpose as a community center for learning. Then I began hearing from many neighbors that they also felt the stark brick exterior was depressing and unrepresentative of the library. They wished the outside could better evoke the dynamic nature of the library and the community.
I started thinking - how could the exterior be transformed in a way that would add to the community enjoyment, make people want to come inside and reflect the positive experience of going to the library? The Tumble mural is my answer to this question.
TUMBLE's simple graphic rhythm, plays against the library's facade, creating a fluid and kinetic counterpoint to the rigid rectangular grid of brick and mortar. It is abstract, but evokes falling leaves, children playing, floating flags or even a windswept piece of paper; all possibilities with no right answer.
I'm a DIY artist, and I believe in making your ideas happen without waiting for a curator or someone else to give you an opportunity. After creating the Tumble design, I reached out to the Cortelyou Library Friends group for support and gained the approval of Brooklyn Public Library.
As this project is for the community, I'm excited to work with the Friends group and involve as many locals as possible. Brooklyn high school students will help paint the mural and we are having a free opening party on June 9th from 1-4pm at the library at 1305 Cortelyou Road at Argyle Rd in Brooklyn, for people to learn about public art, talk to the artist (me!), write or draw their responses to the mural, and hang out while enjoying local bands and performers. I'll also be giving at short talk at 2:30pm.
The impact of your support will be huge - for just a few dollars, you can be part of a public art project that will be experienced by thousands of children and families this summer. And for your support, I have some great rewards. I'm very excited about the rewards, having a great time making cards, limited edition prints and bags.
WHAT WILL THE $6500 COVER? The funds from Kickstarter will go to cover the hand painting of the mural by professional mural company, Colossal Media Group (with the help of students), the power washing paint removal at the end of the summer, and supplies for the opening party.
ABOUT THE PAINT *Tumble will be painted with non-voc, environmentally friendly paint, donated by Green Depot in NY.
REWARDS: Postcard, Cards (Blank inside), Tote bag & Limited Edition Print.
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