Artist Cesar Viveros presented a proposal for a large mural to be painted on the Eastern Drillers building along Front Street.
Plans for a large mural to be painted on a Columbia building were discussed at a public meeting held at the Columbia Crossing building on Tuesday, March 7. Janice Nikoloff, executive director of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation led the event.
Possible concepts for the mural were presented by Cesar Viveros, a Philadelphia artist. CEDC selected him as the lead artist for the mural project because of his extensive experience with large-scale murals, and his artistic presentation and style. Several local artists will also be helping to lead the community painting days and installation of the mural.
The mural will be painted through the "parachute cloth method" (http://hiddencityphila.org/2012/06/how-to-paint-a-mural/) in which the mural is painted on a parachute-like cloth that is permanently installed to the wall after completion. This method creates a stronger and longer-lasting mural, but just like painting directly on the wall, the work cannot be removed once installed. The mural will be divided into grids (up to 100 for a mural this size) within which sections are traced and which members of the community are invited to paint. The grids are then taken to the wall for installation.
Several people in attendance offered suggestions after viewing examples of what could be done. Incorporating Columbia's history into the mural seemed to resonate with most of them.
Nikoloff said the total project costs will be over $40,000. CEDC has set aside a portion of the funds and plans to raise the remaining funds through grants, individual donations, and corporate sponsorships. The organization will also be seeking donations of time, supplies and equipment. Nikoloff stated that all donations will be useful and welcome. She encouraged public input. Suggestions regarding the mural can be emailed to ColumbiaEDCorp@gmail.com.
The mural is expected to be completed by spring of 2018.
Here are two articles about artist Cesar Viveros and his work.