Jun 122010
 
Downtown Cats Mural

Mock-up Design for Downtown Cats Mural

I guess it is  time for an update on the development of the Downtown Cats Mural. It has been coming along, and we are now in the home stretch! Two of the cats have been painted, and much of the background work has been done. The other two cats should be completed in the next week or so.

When I first wrote about this mural commission, I was a bit nervous, as I had never done an artwork of this size and scale before. Now that it is nearing completion, I am feeling strong and thinking, “What’s the next big thing”?

The project has taken several months, partly because the funding came in stages and partly because I have worked on it alongside other projects. You can see the various stages of the mural’s development by viewing the slide show below.

In case you do not already know, the photos in the slide show of my window “supervisor” are of Brewskie Butt, my beloved feline and very active spokescat. Brewskie and my other three cats are featured in the mural.

The “Downtown Cats” mural will be placed on the building currently occupied by HEAP in Downtown Canton, OH towards the end of next month (July 2010).  it is my hope that we will have it up in time for the annual Football Hall of Fame festivities. The building at 201 5th St. NW is in the heart of the Canton Arts District next to the historic Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography.

I am very grateful to Tim Belden and the Timothy S. Belden Charitable Fund for commissioning the mural and for being such a solid supporter of the Canton Arts District. Tim is the genius behind the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, which has brought world class photography to Canton. I am also very grateful to Robb Hankins of ArtsInStark, the County Arts Council, for his support in developing this project, and to the Canton Development Partnership for their support.

Stay tuned. There’s more to come!

Are you interested in commissioning a mural by BZTAT? Please contact me and let’s talk!

Life is an Adventure!

BZTAT

  No Responses to “Downtown Cats Mural: Two Cats Done, Two to Go!”

  1. That is very beautiful. Wish our community would do something like that.

  2. So adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!! Bravo!! That had to be incredibly hard work! How do you keep it dry while you are working if it rains??
    I never knew you are from Ohio, I am originally from Cleveland, lived there 35 yrs (I am now in Michigan)…..went to Kent State eons ago!
    Fabulous!!

  3. I am working on it in the studio most of the time. I primed the cat pieces outdoors, but keep them indoors to paint them. I will varnish them with a weather protectant varnish when all the pieces are done, then they will be mounted on the building. Glad you like it!

  4. The arts, and public art in particular, are really helping to bring interest and commerce back to the downtown Canton area. Some would think it is costly to pay artists to do projects like these, but if they only knew…The benefits make the costs negligible. I highly recommend that people advocate to support public art and arts development in their communities. It has widespread benefit way beyond what you would imagine.

  5. It's fascinating seeing your progress. I worked in mural format back in the Pleistocene Era, and enjoy working “big.” I hope to make it to Canton sometime to see it (my grandmother and grandfather met in Canton, so I have a valid excuse to visit!)

  6. It's fascinating seeing your progress. I worked in mural format back in the Pleistocene Era, and enjoy working “big.” I hope to make it to Canton sometime to see it (my grandmother and grandfather met in Canton, so I have a valid excuse to visit!)

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