I led the design and execution of 2 community murals for the Arden Fair 2015. One was 5 x 12 feet the second was 3 x 4 ft. The theme of the murals was the intentional communities of Arden, Ardentown and Ardencroft founded in 1900 on the principle of Henry George's Single Tax theory. Then and now the community attracts many artists and free thinkers that work together to create an utopian enclave in Northern Delaware.
The goal of the project was to involve the community in the design and the painting of these murals to showcase the breadth of artists present in the community of Arden. Drawings were submitted by community members and used in the overall design. The Arden Fair is a yearly event with food, entertainment and arts and craft vendors. This event serves as a reunion for past and present residents and the murals were viewed by thousands on Fair Day.
Drawings were submitted by community members of all ages. As the lead artist I designed the murals from the drawings submitted. The actually painting of the murals was done by myself and several community volunteers. In the end it really showcased the artistic talent of the community members and the cooperative nature of the Arden community.
The murals are slated to be permanently installed in one of the community buildings, that hosts community events year round.
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