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Fox Way Mural project adds three more

 

October 24, 2017

Michael Walsh works to put the finishing touch on the mural he painted in the South Side Community Council's Fox Way Murals project.

The South Side Community Council presented the Fox Way Murals on Sunday, Oct. 22. The murals are the latest public art installment funded by community donations through the South Side Community Council's Public Art initiative.

For years, the South Side Community Council's Graffiti Watch Group was tasked with removing graffiti throughout the South Side neighborhood. The Group realized that a number of the graffiti pieces they encountered were actually excellent examples of urban art and should be preserved. It occurred to Graffiti Watch members that a proactive approach to addressing graffiti should be considered and South Side Public Art was born to promote and encourage artists to engage the community with their visual art talents.

The purpose of the South Side Community Council's Public Art project is to:

To develop murals and street art as a means to foster community engagement, social development and inclusion, public space beautification, place-making and civic pride, and the reduction of graffiti vandalism through continued collaboration with a variety of public and private stakeholders.

The South Side Public Art initiative promotes and manages sanctioned public art and unite residents and artists to share their vision of the past, present, and future of South Side.

The Fox Way Murals are on Fox Way between 20th and 21st street. The murals were created by three of Pittsburgh's local artists: Matt Spahr, Michael Walsh, and Cameron Clayton. The artists were chosen to highlight their shared origins as style writers and their evolution as professional artists.

Matt Spahr was just recognized (10/18/17) by the Pittsburgh City Paper as Pittsburgh's Best Local Visual Artist Winner for 2017 (http://bit.ly/2ztBKww).

The artists will be finished their murals on Sunday. Music was provided by DJs Kelly Carter and Chocolate Milk Mountain. City Slicker Press had a Pop Up Store with a selection of art prints and books. In addition, kids and adults were encouraged to paint the alley way in chalk.

 

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