The origin of the Route 66 Mural Project can be traced back to a conversation between celebrated and established Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire and Michael J. Mayosky, a fellow traveling artist whose paintings, performances, and murals have garnered him national attention and acclaim. In this particular conversation, they discussed how exciting and significant it could be to pay homage to fellow artists that had traveled down the historic Mother Road in the past by depicting their experiences, inspirations, and stories via multiple murals scattered along the road, presented and expressed within landscapes and towns just as diverse as the artists that had explored them before.
The idea itself struck a resonating chord with Michael, but it was the famous song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” initially popularized in 1946 by Nat King Cole, that served as the guide which assisted in turning this basic idea into a full-fledged, tangible, and active goal. Taking note of the 11 cities mentioned in the content of the song’s lyrics (but not being limited by them), Michael’s prior years spent playing with the idea and researching where and who to paint finally had a more precise direction to focus on-- and thus the Route 66 Mural Project was born.
This project is by no means small, and it would be a daunting task for a single artist to take on alone. That said, other artists, particularly those local to each given region, have been encouraged to take part in the process, helping Michael with the development, refinement, and overall immense planning and development of concept required by a project of this scale. Many potential contributing artists have already voiced interest in participating, and as publicity for the project increases, so does the eagerness of others to take part in it. The core team currently includes 5 people, and will likely increase as the project develops.The whole process will be documented on film, culminating into a final product that is sure to capture the adventurous and ambitious spirit of Route 66 itself, as well as to those drawn to it. The film will be created over a two-year span, tentatively scheduled to begin in April of 2014. Pre-production has already begun with varied mural plans, and the first mural, funded by AAA Insurance Company of Springfield, Illinois, has already been completed.
The funds raised from your donations will be put towards professional-grade film equipment, all of which will be used to document the experience in high quality for use in the final cut of the documentary. Some of the specific items we will need are:
These items above are only an example of the extensive list of equipment there is to get for this film. More items are on the list, but are not as dire to acquire. We want to make a good film that could win Oscars! so we MUST film it in the proper lenses and aspect ratios conducive to film festivals, DVDs, and Competitions.
Michael J Mayosky... Creator, Lead Painter and Director
Josh Shaw... Cameraman and Lead Cinematographer
Charlot Wren... Project Manager and Team Brain
Joe Kozak... Grip and Lead Handyman.
Bob Waldmire... Original Visionary of this project. He is deceased but still on the team in spirit!
The real beauty of this project is the car being currently built for this project. the 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 is in the last stages of engine installation and painting the final coats of exterior colors. The conversion to a painting machine has been long and intense, but the details are what make a classic car best. Pictured is the car in it's process of getting the engine housing rebuilt.
The concepts for all these paintings are still in the early Stages. the stage of snooping out good walls is underway already. Once a wall passes our criteria, we travel to it and see the surrounding landscape and culture. Route 66 went through many regions and there is no short supply of character to base our murals on. We look into the region to find the subject of the potential work. Once it is set? The concept drawings are started. After that part is complete, we then start our next phase of getting support for the mural through the Chamber of Commerce of the city and various Media Outlets. The last stage is the planning and setting the dates the mural will take place. This is where the fun starts! Once the cameras are set up, the paint is open and mixed, then Michael and a team starts to paint the chosen concept. we depend on the locals to input what they would like to see in these murals. We want them to be a subject of pride and a topic to boast for years to come.
I have had years of practice with murals and filming these murals in the making. We have gotten a great team together who work almost flawlessly with shared understanding the final production. Our Cinimatographer is amazing and our production support is brilliant. Once we set up some shots and proper lights on the work, Michael goes to painting. Here is a sample of some of the screen shots we have tried with the first mural of Abraham Lincoln.
For further information on the project, please watch the accompanying video at the top of this page or visit the project's website, which can be found at route66muralproject.com/. You can also 'like' and follow the project and its progress on Facebook.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this project. We hope that in time, enough who learn about it will recognize the same value and significance we see in it, and that these cumulative recognitions will ignite a chain of excitement and enthusiasm that will provide the support necessary to bring this project to life. The team behind the Route 66 Mural Project is genuinely devoted and committed to seeing this project succeed, and people like you that can truly help it thrive. Your consideration is greatly appreciated!
Risks and challenges
While the money raised from our Kickstarter campaign is intended primarily for the acquisition of technical equipment necessary to create the film, the individual murals will also generate their own income over time once they are completed. Also, print sales of the murals will sustain the project along the way by providing additional revenue.
This project will also undoubtedly rely on support and internal promotion from the cities involved and the connections obtained therein. From our home base in Springfield, IL, our team will have to personally establish and utilize new contacts from a variety of locations along Route 66, particularly focusing on the individual cities murals will be painted in. We have been reaching out, receiving feedback, and following leads on a daily basis (by sending e-mails and making phone calls) and we are hoping that by establishing each "satellite base" of supporters in each individual city, support and enthusiasm for the project will continue to spread, garnering the interest of people and artists we may not yet be aware of-- and these are the people that will help characterize the essence of what this film is about: the excitement of an adventure, the unexpected surprises of spontaneity, and the sincere power of connection and creation.
No. The only rewards that would take the most time are the murals requested. the DVD should be ready by the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. We chose the longest possible duration of time to let every know that this is a MAJOR project. Once the funding is set, we start pre production. The prints and newsletter should follow rather quickly after the filming and painting starts.
As Long as this wall is on Old 66 it's self? It can be considered. It is possible that we will make more than just 11 murals. With one mural already completed in Springfield, Illinois, and the promise of 6 more at this point. We should be able to include the possibility of other walls along the way. If you have a suggestion for a potential blank or damaged wall needing some love from our artists, please write us through our websites.
We already have one mural completed, and the next is starting this winter. As soon as the project is funded to start the meat of this project, (the documentary), we will start the mailing lists and photo record of the process immediately. We have already started the vast collection of photographs by three different Professional Photographers. The record of this project is already incredible.
At this time we have a growing list of interested artists who would like to contribute time, knowledge and skill to make sure these murals take on life. we have left it open at this time to allow artists to answer a call out for involvement. As the project moves forward this winter, we will be listing the first artists to help and schedules of when we will be in town.
If you are down to paint? We are down to let you! the best way to join in is to go to the websites or contact us through this campaign. We will answer back pretty fast! We have an awesome team of eager volunteers who want to see this take shape. They will tell you when and how to jump in!
We have anticipated a very long project with this adventure. the goal is to have these murals and the final edits of the film done by the end of 2014, but the murals are mostly outdoors and the weather is not always an art lover, so we have made a huge margin of time to allow for the worst in the process of painting these murals. The film will be made all along the route in our mobile studio van. The murals are the long part, but the film is the point to this endeavor. After the completion of all the murals? We then finish the film within a short amount of time after that.
In return for your donation, you will receive: Updates from the exclusive online mailing list. + Access to forum discussions, which will include behind-the-scenes updates and photos. The very nature of traveling art is rooted in spontaneity and adventure, so checking in will never be a disappointment.
At this level, you will receive: The aforementioned weekly e-mail updates and access to forums. + A three-pack of e-wallpapers of past murals by Michael J. Mayosky-- your pick! + A personalized postcard of one of the murals to be painted along the journey, including some personal words of gratitude from the artist.
You will be eligible to receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, and personalized postcard). + A digital download of the completed film before its official release in 2015.
For a donation of this amount, you will receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, and digital copy of completed film before release date). + Access to exclusive raw film footage unavailable to others. + Access to view some of our storyboards of mural designs. + The opportunity to add in any input or critique on the current work-in-progress. More than one perspective is always beneficial, and murals can be the most social, community-based art there is; they create a great opportunity for many minds to work together towards one specific goal. Please note that shipping charges may apply.
You will be eligible to receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, digital copy of completed film with exclusive raw footage before release date, access to mural storyboards, and opportunity to contribute your opinion on artist's work and ideas). + A physical copy of the DVD when the film and murals are complete. + A signed poster print of one of the murals Michael creates during the journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. Please note that shipping charges may apply.
In return for your donation, you will receive: All perks mentioned above, excluding the standard-version of DVD (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, digital copy of completed film with exclusive raw footage before release date, access to mural storyboards, opportunity to contribute your opinion on artist's work and ideas, and signed poster-print). + A LIMITED EDITION DVD of the final cut of the film signed by artist Michael J. Mayosky, which will include outtake scenes and side projects taken on during the adventure. Murals attract a lot of people and the conversations with the locals about art that pop up are never dull! There is a lot of valuable content we never get to put into our films. Please note that shipping charges may apply.
You will be eligible to receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, digital copy of completed film with exclusive raw footage before release date, access to mural storyboards, opportunity to contribute your opinion on artist's work and ideas, signed poster-print, and LIMITED EDITION DVD with outtakes and additional projects). + A limited edition Archival Print of one of the eleven murals, which will be signed by the artist. Please note that shipping charges may apply.
At this level, you are eligible to receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, digital copy of completed film with exclusive raw footage before release date, access to mural storyboards, opportunity to contribute your opinion on artist's work and ideas, signed poster-print, LIMITED EDITION DVD with outtakes and additional projects, and signed Archival Print). + A chance to help design one of the murals along the way. An online discussion will be conducted before the creation of each mural begins. Photos of the selected wall will be shared, and the creative process of planning will begin. Each discussion will take place with a selected number of people in an exclusive, private mural project forum. + Your name will be included in the film’s credits alongside a huge personal thank-you! Please note that shipping charges may apply.
In return for your donation, you will receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, digital copy of completed film with exclusive raw footage before release date, access to mural storyboards, opportunity to contribute your opinion on artist's work and ideas, signed poster-print, LIMITED EDITION DVD with outtakes and additional projects, signed Archival Print, participation in the planning of a mural, your name in the film's credits). + Upgrade to "producer" status in credits of the film. + An original pen and ink drawing from Michael J. Mayosky. Please note that shipping charges may apply
You will receive: All perks mentioned above (weekly e-mail updates, access to forums, three e-wallpapers, personalized postcard, digital copy of completed film with exclusive raw footage before release date, access to mural storyboards, opportunity to contribute your opinion on artist's work and ideas, signed poster-print, LIMITED EDITION DVD with outtakes and additional projects, signed Archival Print, participation in the planning of a mural, mention your name with "producer" status in the film's credits, and an original pen and ink drawing from the artist). + An original performance painting by Michael J. Mayosky. Michael paints with hundreds of various musical and poetry groups, and the paintings are never the same from performance to performance. The piece you receive will be one of a kind and of great value to fans of the artist’s work. Please note that shipping charges may apply.
In addition to perks mentioned above, an original mural by Michael J. Mayosky, which will be completed in his studio on three panels and shipped to you. You may choose the subject, and Michael will create a personalized, unique mural based on your descriptions. Please note that shipping charges may apply.
PERSONALIZED MURAL (Option 2): You will be eligible to receive all perks mentioned above (excluding Executive Producer status/Option 1 in this donation bracket), and Michael will paint a personalized mural of your choice in your home on a reasonable wall and at a reasonable time, which is to be specified in contract. Indoor vs. outdoor murals must be considered in regards to the time of year Michael paints it. As soon as the project begins, we will make arrangements for Michael to travel within a one-year time frame to complete the work. This is a rare treat, and will be of especially great value to those who desire large-scale, original artwork from an established, nationally-known artist.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STATUS (Option 1): You will still receive all perks mentioned above, but this is the TOP SPOT in production of the film. Please contact us for further details on what “Executive Producer” means and what it entails. Overall, we believe you will find the benefits included VERY much worth the money you pledge towards the project. Please note that shipping charges may apply.