Client: Colquitt /Miller Arts Council
Location: Colquitt, GA, United States
Completion date: 2011
Artwork budget: $135,000
Colquitt Miller Arts Council
Colquit Miller Arts Council
100Ê¼ x 270Ê¼, acrylic on 4 concrete silos, Colquitt, Georgia USA. Legacy project for the 2010 Global Mural Conference, this portrayal of the Ê»everymanÊ¼ farmer studying his crop literally towers over
all. It is intended to function on many levels; as an expression of the work ethic and spirituality of those who work the land; as a benevolent figure watching over the community, and as a representative focal point for the district and its stories . An Icon of the South
Integration was imperative to the success of the artwork as the canvas was the entire structure, a polymorphic shape; four cylindrical silos linked together in the center. The design was mapped out to the form to achieve maximum effect and impact on the community.
I worked with the Colquitt Arts council to arrive at the key themes and ideas in the mural, in a round table setting. I presented them with four concept sketches from which the design was chosen. I picked peanuts and shared stories with the farmers to truly understand their experience. I became a part of the community, their voice, as I lived with them through this journey.
this is a one man project. I navigated every concievable facet of the process, from cleaning the building to corporate networking to community outreach. And oh yes, painting- lots of painting. Colquitt's community theatre company 'Swamp Gravy' staged a play based on the mural stories in town- 'The Big Picture'- at Cotton Hall under the shadow of the peanut silos. This project was completed February 2011.