Mural to Media
Last spring, I discovered public art. Not like I happened upon it and was like, "Wow, what is this?" More like, "Wow, this has been here all my life. I want to know more!" When I had my internship at the theatre in Edinburgh last spring, I did a lot of research about public art since they were planning a new installation and wanted some background information. I didn't even realize the complexity of the public art process until then.
Fast forward to May 2016, the sweltering heat, and a giant wall. I signed up for the "Art and Community Engagement" May Experience class through the Furman Art department and had no idea what I was in for at the time. We showed up to class the first day, and we were on site the second. 217 E. Stone Avenue and Horizon Records are now some of my proudest Greenville locations.
Here we are. May 2017. One year later, and it's social media time! As the social media manager for the Stone Mural Project (we're in year 4!), I take pictures at the mural with my iPhone 5SE and my Nikon D3100, 18-300mm lens. I even had the opportunity to follow Sunny Mullarkey McGowan to her studio the other day for a process photo shoot focused on printmaking.
Today, the Stone Academy 5th grade classes came to the mural to participate in the project. The wall was taped for specific painting sections, and they learned about Sunny's ideas while putting them into action. I loved their vibrancy and enthusiasm for painting and for interacting with the Furman students in the May X class.
Post-grad reflection number 1: A break is 100% necessary. I've felt such a recharge since graduation because I've been able to sleep, eat, caffeinate, photograph, read, and write. I love having time to do what I love to do, even when it means managing four Instagram accounts until all hours of the night, taking 300 photos to get 25 good ones, and read a book in two days.
Lucky Strike of the Day: I visited the new 101 Espresso Bar for its opening day! Follow along for photos soon.