Filed under: Art, Phoenix | Tags: Art, Downtown Phoenix, Murals, Phoenix, Photography
It’s too bad the dumpster and car are there but this is an urban area where it can be hard to get an unobstructed daytime view. Roy Sproule, who I wrote about in my last mural post, completed this mural at Revolver Records in downtown Phoenix (right by many of the other murals I’ve written about) in August 2010. He was scheduled to be deployed to Korea with the U.S. Air Force shortly thereafter but I’m not certain that has occurred because of something I read on his Facebook page.
There are some great photos of Roy painting the mural which, once again, he donated, here.
These are the words Billie Holiday is singing…
I hope Roy is able to do more murals in downtown Phoenix because he is certainly making it a brighter place.
For the rest of my life, I want to reflect on what light is. ~Albert Einstein
Express with precision all the gold sparks the soul gives off. ~Joan Miro
Filed under: Art, Phoenix, Photography | Tags: Art, Community Outreach, Downtown Phoenix, Murals, Phoenix, Photography, Photoshop
Another huge mural graces downtown Phoenix, on the Valley Youth Theater’s corporate office. Roy Frank Sproule III, an avionics technician with the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Luke AFB, west of Phoenix, came upon the 69 x 11 foot wall during one of Phoenix’ famous First Fridays in 2007. He had never painted a large scale mural on his own but, after spending six months putting a portfolio together, he approached the staff at the theater and his idea was met with enthusiasm.
He began painting in March 2008 and spent 17 months working on the mural, all while working at his full-time job in the Air Force. He donated his time (2,000 hours) and his own money to the project in order to build his portfolio.
Roy was given 20 years of photographs of the Valley Youth Theater’s productions and, from these, he made a collage of over 50 photographs to fill the 759-square-foot wall. He then outlined the shapes with charcoal dust, a technique used by fresco painters during the Renaissance, using perforated patterns created in Photoshop. Interesting that his technique used technologies spanning centuries.
I’m embarrassed to say that I only recognize a few of the productions represented as theater is not my main cultural interest. Can you identify them?
There are several articles on this project, including Roy’s views of what a mural should mean to a community~he thinks the community should benefit by it~and the artist’s role in creating it. Here is another and at this site is a list of several more.
Roy has another large mural in downtown Phoenix, finished just this last August, that I’ll write about in my next mural post.
Fall’s been slowly creeping up on us but today it hit. It was only in the mid-70s and it rained off and on all day. It is going back up to the low 80s over the weekend but that’s cool for here.
I was finally able to go to the nursery and get some fall flowers but, by the time I had them all planted in pots on my porch and patio, it was too dark to get photos. This hibiscus was at the nursery but a bigger plant than I wanted. I mostly got geraniums, marigolds, and calendulas. The geraniums will last until late spring and the marigolds will last a few months.
These guys seemed more than happy with the change of season, too.
…high on coffee.
I saw this mural months ago when I didn’t have my camera with me. I couldn’t remember where it was but Friday, out driving, I saw it again on Central Avenue in mid-town Phoenix. It’s right by where our Light Rail runs~on an abandoned building. It’s interesting because it’s 3-dimensional.
Tony said it’s from a poster that he has seen at an Italian restaurant we go to sometimes but I don’t remember it. I tried to find it on the internet but didn’t. Do you recognize it?
My mural series is back, after a brief hiatus. I went to photograph one I knew about downtown on Friday afternoon and, in the process, discovered several more. Stay tuned.