Appalachian Mural Trail

What is Public
Mural Art?

Public Mural Art for the People

    Public murals are painted as "art for the people." Many folks would never walk into a gallery so a work of art placed for everyone to see can impact a person deeply. Murals also can tell the average person's story in a way that most everyone can begin to understand. Public art murals also add interest and value to communities like no other art form can. Dying communities can come alive with hope and pride in their neighborhood through public murals. There is also an economic advantage that is surprising to see as people come to see the art and begin investing in their community as a result of beautiful mural art.

    There are as many types of mural arts as there are surfaces. Mural painting on canvas, art board, walls of brick, cement, wood, all requiring a different technique of application. Outdoor murals need a special heat & water resistant paint as well as a protective clear coat. Inside murals can include fresco, ceramic and other less sturdy paints.

    A work of art painted or applied on the surface of a wall as public art by a muralist. The artwork is created to be in harmony with the building design and is intended to make a socio-political statement about the community or region where it's located. Boldly painted, murals make a strong statement and can be realistic paintings of historical events, beautiful scenery or abstract ideas. The objective of most public murals is to uplift the community, add interest & beauty and to educate.

    Art murals today are painted in a variety of ways, using oil or water-based media. The styles can vary from abstract to trompe-l'ceil (a French term for "fool" or "trick the eye"). Initiated by the works of mural artists like Graham Rust or Rainer Maria Latzke in the 1980s, trompe-l'oeil painting has experienced a renaissance in private and public buildings in Europe. Today, the beauty of a wall mural has become much more widely available with a technique whereby a painting or photographic image is transferred to poster paper or canvas which is then pasted to a wall surface (see wallpaper, Frescography) to give the effect of either a hand-painted mural or realistic scene.

    Murals can be historic, nature scenes, fun & creative and just about any kind of idea you can imagine.
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About the Honey Bee Hive

     The Good of the Hive is an artistic initiative founded by Matthew Willey on a personal commitment to hand-paint 50,000 honeybees in murals around the world.

     Matt says, "The Good of the Hive Initiative begins with the struggle of the honeybees, but it also views the hive as a metaphor for communities of people. Honeybees within the hive "think" collectively; their immune system is collective: the health of the individual is based on the health of the collective. Whether that community is an actual honeybee hive or a community of human artists, kids in a school, military veterans, women with cancer, marginalized people or the American people as a whole, the health and success of the individual relies heavily on the connections within the group and consequently between the groups within the greater society. When we connect, we thrive." This is the message of The Good of the Hive Initiative...   Full Article Here



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