In the early 1930s, William Valentiner thought the Roman Baroque courtyard at the Detroit Institute of Arts needed to be spruced up. With a commission from Edsel Ford, he hired Diego Rivera to paint two large murals of "some motif suggesting the development of industry."
The end result was the Detroit Industry Murals
. [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue
on Aug 29, 2012 -
When a family of beavers
moved in to a creek in the bayside town of Martinez, CA, in 2006, they gained both fans and detractors. Concerned about flood control in the struggling downtown area, the city council formed a Beaver Subcommittee
to explore the options, including extermination, relocation, and engineering fixes. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Sep 30, 2011 -
Oakland's Turf Feinz (previously
) dance in memorial for Oscar Grant
). While the riots in Oakland received more media coverage (previously
), there's been several memorial murals painted across Oakland
and numerous songs channeling local anger
, and frustration
. The news gave the nation broken windows and burning cars, while the town continues peaceful protest, 2 years later.
posted by yeloson
on Jan 1, 2011 -
You’d need years to really study
of Califonia’s history - the artist
certainly had a lot a free time to create them. You'd probably also need a special invitation to engage in a multi-year study in the gallery
- and you probably don't want one.
posted by rtha
on Aug 20, 2007 -
The inside of Farmer John's hog rendering plant
in Vernon, California, is among the worst places on Earth if you happen to be a hog, which is why the outside of the building is such a case study in mural based irony
. In 1957, perhaps as a trap to lure in unsuspecting piglets who had come to Los Angeles to make it in the movies, the folks at Farmer John's hired Hollywood set designer Les Grimes
to begin painting a mural on the outside of the factory, a job that he continued until his death 11 years later. The result, entitled "Hog Heaven", depicts a pastoral wonderland
, clearly a prime destination for any visiting out of town porcine rube. Surely one of the world's largest murals, the work stretches around the entire square cityblock worth of slaughterhouse
, and (legend has it) is so large that not unlike the Golden Gate bridge, no sooner is it done being painted than the painter must begin touching it up all over again.
posted by jonson
on Aug 6, 2006 -
of the works of a Brazilian mural artist who works using the medium of apples of varying colors.
posted by jonson
on Sep 4, 2005 -
From the website: "Since its inception in 1984, the Mural Arts Program
has completed more murals than any other public art program in the nation - more than 2,300 indoor and outdoor murals
throughout Philadelphia." To find a specific Philly mural by artist or location, try this
posted by moonbird
on Aug 20, 2003 -