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Artspace x Peregrine Projects x NRP Group: Blount Street Mural


First of all, many thanks to all the people that put their time (and old clothes) into this project to make it happen!

A volunteer's clothes are splattered with paint.

Conditions were less than ideal both Sundays it took to complete the mural; with the first day being cut short by rain, and the second permeated by cold and intermittent showers. But the artists, volunteers, and Artspace staff – unfazed, all – powered through to complete this one-of-a-kind artistic intervention.

Priming the containers for the mural's base coat.

Mixing paint for the next layer of color.

Installing the first of the painted cutouts onto the outside of the container.

Prepping for the installation of the next painted cutout.

Located at the corner of Davie and Blount Streets, directly across from Artspace and in front of the Edison Apartments, which are under construction, the mural was envisioned and executed by Peregrine Projects, Artspace, and The NRP Group. The mural spans half the length of the block and is painted on three shipping containers that function as a covered walkway for the construction above. Drivers and pedestrians alike can view the mural, with its vibrant colors and playful imagery, as they travel south on Blount street from Moore Square.

The shadows of the girl's face are applied with a cardboard stencil.

With the stencil pulled away, shapes are blocked in and the face is completed.

So take a little time out of your day, maybe just a small detour during your lunch hour, to come out and see the mural (and visit Artspace, too!). It is, as Oak City Hustle says, the freshness!

Check out this cool time lapse video of the process:

About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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