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May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mural Dedication for monumental new work in Highland, Illinois

This long awaited mural dedication will include music and dance performances, as well as the artist and civic leaders speaking.

Working with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with matching donations from local citizens and businesses, the Highland Arts Council commissioned St. Louis based ON THE WALL PRODUCTIONS to design and paint a landmark mural for their venerable Weinheimer Community Center. The mural was envisioned to breathe new life into the 1954 brick building which was the activity and social center of life in Highland. The resulting, edgy design has been extremely well received.

The 100’ wide by 22’ tall artwork on two adjacent walls of The Weinheimer was completed in October of 2021. It uses the architecture of the building to create the illusion of an open arcade unified with a twisting and turning ribbon of fire above a distant landscape, ending in an explosion of white birds. Spread throughout the mural are symbols of Highland’s heritage. The mural is capped off with three figures, realistically painted by St. Louis artist Deborah Moellering and mounted in front of the wall. Mr. Weinheimer, the past civic leader, is rendered in black and white; two contemporary adolescents appear in full color. All wear roller skates, celebrating an activity much loved inside the building. Master St. Louis MUNY Opera painter Andy Cross assisted project director Robert Fishbone with the overall painting.

ON THE WALL PRODUCTIONS artists Robert Fishbone and his daughter Liza Fishbone have been expanding the public art landscape in St. Louis since 2015 with over a dozen significant murals. Their head-turning, colorful creations are a result of the gentle clash of his old school and her more modern, street art sensibilities. Fishbone and his late wife Sarah Linquist (d.2010) worked together from 1974-1982 painting memorable murals all over town, as well in cities across the U.S., for a wide variety of clients. They are best remembered for “Lindy Squared,” their 1977 pixelated portrait of Charles Lindbergh, on the old Lion Gas Building in downtown St. Louis.

Details

Date:
May 15
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Website:
https://www.highlandartscouncil.org

Venue

Weinheimer Community Center
1100 Main Street
Highland, IL 62249 United States
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Phone:
618-558-0054
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Organizer

Highland Arts Council
Phone:
618-558-0054
Email:
LSchuepbach@iscucc.org
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