The Big Idea!
As a muralist I’m always on the hunt for a good wall canvas. This time, it found me! I was contacted by Mayor Hark of Hannibal, Missouri. A bicentennial year only happens once and he had a vision of a large scale mural welcoming the city’s visitors on none other than City Hall. The big wall measures around seventy feet wide by forty feet tall. Adjacent to the city hall once stood another building which has since been removed. This has left a less than attractive brick facade that isn’t very impressive for the towns most public building.
I have the vision to cover the entire east wall with a full color Hannibal themed art mural. The scene was designed to be a visual logo of the city for visitors and residents alike. The art will not be political, or agenda based in any way. It will simply be a beautiful painting that can be used as a photo-op location, town promotion and a place of pride for all in the area. The design isn’t 100% final but it will include Hannibal’s most famous son, Samuel Clemens, Molly Brown and river themes such as a steamboat, eagle and a Huckleberry-looking boy. As the initial artist’ rendering is made more public there may be alterations in layout or content. The wall is on Broadway downtown and can be seen from many directions.
Help paint the wall!
The campaign goal is $15,000. A lot of money, but necessary to create a very important image on a very big wall that will become the destination point for the beautiful city of Hannibal. A very large hydraulic lift will be rented to reach the heights of the wall. I will be using very expensive silicate paint as the primary material. This paint is made with the same ingredients as cement so it becomes one with the brick wall. It allows the surface to breath so as not to damage the brick surface over time. The paint will not fade, peel or blister as typical latex paints. This requires no scheduled maintenance over the decades the mural will last. Travel, lodging and reward gifts all are included in the goal. Your contributions will help paint this wall!
One additional beauty of this project is that it will not be financed by government funds but rather a grassroots fundraising approach using “Kickstarter.” This platform helps individuals kickstart an idea through the raising of money with rewards. The site has been operating for over ten years and has helped raise millions of dollars for individuals with good ideas.
It’s simple for you to help by using Kickstarter. Just go to the “ Back this project” tab and it will direct you to the different donation levels. Each level comes with its own rewards so look them all over and decide how you would like to help. One of the gifts is a collectible bicentennial poster. This is the most desired item and you can now have the art for the big wall, on your wall. This is only offered every two hundred years, you know! This shows the artist’ initial study but may change slightly as the project develops.
Once you pledge to donate, no funds are transferred until the campaign gets to the success amount. It’s all or nothing, so one dollar short and there will be no donations, no rewards and unfortunately no wall mural. So please don’t wait, pledge now and pay later.
With successful funding, I plan on starting around October 1st. There will be lots of interest, press and conversation about the process. Come visit me and watch it grow!
Risks and challenges
There is no government budget with which to pay for this type of art project. In this time of tight budgets and government accountability, pensions, infrastructure and general funding take precedence. We are going to take advantage of the large network of citizens, art organizations and private businesses to secure all necessary funding. But, without the involvement of the general population it will not happen and the wall will remain an eyesore. As a seasoned muralist of over thirty years I never have difficulty selling the idea of a mural. Everyone wants public art like this. But, where can the funding come from? This approach of getting the public directly involved can be the answer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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