Photo from The Hotel Providence’s Facebook Page
So everyone seems to be loving the new Shepard Fairey mural going up on Aborn Street. Photos of it are populating everyone’s wall on the Faceplace, and it is the topic of conversation at watering holes throughout the city. So, it seems the consensus here is that Providence likes itself some murals and would like to see more.
Where should we place these future murals? Here’s two places that popped into my head:
Trinity has had a banner on this part of the building in the past (I walk by here every morning and can’t for the life of me recall if there is one there now). A mural here could be about Trinity Rep and maybe have a small section where a banner could be hung for specific programming throughout the year.
Either of the blank facades on the building on Snow Street that the Alley Cat is located in:
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During Pride, Alley Cat had a light projection on this facade which was cool.
Which brings up another topic on murals, what if they were advertisements?
Pepsi advertising mural in Winnepeg, Canada. Photo (cc) AdolfGalland
There’s a long history of advertising murals on buildings in cities throughout the world, especially here in the Northeast, though the practice has gone away. Is it time to bring the advertising mural back? How would we regulate them? Is there maybe a way that the advertising murals could pay a fee to go towards the arts in Providence?
So the questions for you dear readers. Would you like to see more murals go up around town? Where? What should the subject be? And would advertising be OK?