Public Art: Iconic MegaMurals

The border city of Windsor is the site of the National Mural Symposium 2012, a professional development gathering for mural artists, public art consultants and creative developers of community space. This year’s keynote is by Philadelphia-based Meg Saligman, creator of some of the world’s most iconic murals. Philadelphia’s landmark Common Threads (above) used high school students as models.

Other works include Philadelphia Muses (above) and Once in a Millennium Moon, the largest publicly funded U.S. mural project, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Saligman was the first to include actual community members in murals and enabled communities to participate in  public art-making. Her influence continues with computer techniques that are now widely used in the mural design process.

Top row: (L)  Fertile Ground (detail) – 70 x 328 feet, in Omaha, Nebraska, one of the world’s largest murals. / Theater of Life – Philadelphia, Nova color and polywoven material inject mixed media into mural making.

Middle row: (L) Fertile Ground – Long view. / Philadelphia Muses – Detail.

Bottom: Passing Through – A 15-site collaborative project, mixed media, 5,000 square feet.

Meg Saligman’s website, here. (Love the animated intro to her work on the home page)

A brief biography, here.

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There are 15 comments

    1. boomerontario

      Right you are on wanting to know more about the comptuer technology. I know nothing about it, but there must be some kind of newish program she’s developed because the precision is incredible.

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  1. walterwsmith3rd

    What a wonderful post. I am from Philadelphia and have enjoyed the various murals throughout the city. Commont Thread, is fantastic. I remember when it was completed. One would stand in awe, taking in the scope and theme. I will check out Meg’s website. Again great post.

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    1. boomerontario

      I have only been to Philadelphia once, on business, and although I thought the city was fabulous, I’ve never made it back. The murals would be so interesting to tour. Thanks for your comment.

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