Glenwood Mural Charrette

January 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

On Friday, January 24th, all IARc studios as well as art students and community members collaborated in a charrette to design a mural in the Glenwood neighborhood.  The site, a large brick wall on Glenwood Avenue and Grove Street, has been begging for attention, according to those familiar with the neighborhood. The owner of the building wanted something “totally unique- something that has never been done before”, according to Joy Troyer, a [3rd] year who has worked on studio projects involving the Glenwood neighborhood last year, and continues to be an advocate to better the community through design.

The charrette involved 16 teams who worked together in the Gatewood studio to come up with different proposals. Designs ranged from abstract and whimsical to depictions of historical Greensboro icons such as the trolleys that used to connect Glenwood with downtown.  Arianna Ortega, [2nd] year stated, “our main inspiration for the mural was a postcard as well as a timeline. We’re taking historical landmarks and making the wall a postcard for Glenwood.” Joy Troyer’s group went in a different direction. She described their scheme as a discussion of “the growth, development, and change of Glenwood through a garden metaphor. Houses of different colors and textures summarize the diversity of Glenwood and the people that live there.”  Overall, each group worked to capture the unique sense of community, diversity, and history that is Glenwood.  Initial schemes will be displayed in Glenwood Coffee & Books to receive feedback from the community. Once the design for the mural is chosen, a full-scale mock-up will be painted on a wall on the 3rd floor of the Gatewood studio prior to the final mural being completed on site.

[3rd] year Rachel Godley (left) and [4th] year Katie Moyer (right) piece together their colorful mural design

[3rd] year Rachel Godley (left) and [4th] year Katie Moyer (right) piece together their colorful mural design
Photo Credit: Paige Hohlt

[4th] year Alex Pokas, [4th] year Holly Burda, [3rd] year Kimberly Mott, and [2nd] year Arianna Ortega (from left) collaborate on their mural design

[4th] year Alex Pokas, [4th] year Holly Burda, [3rd] year Kimberly Mott, and [2nd] year Arianna Ortega, and [1st] year Yatzel Hernandez (from left) share their ideas for a mural
Photo Credit: Paige Hohlt

Contributed by Monica Browning [4th] year

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