Memorial Mural to Be Painted over Former Spirit Wall

Posted: October 26, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The Department of Art and Visual Technologies is sponsoring a memorial mural painting session tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in response to the attacks on Sept. 11. The mural will extend across the back wall of the Performing Arts Building. “It will look like a film strip running across the wall,” says artist and professor Walter Kravitz.

“Students can respond directly or indirectly to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks or they can deal with it metaphorically,” says Kravitz. Each student will be given a rectangular space of approximately three feet by three feet to be painted at eye level. The edge of each rectangle will be left open to connect to the next image. “Students will try and find a linkage between their image and the next, but they need not think of the mural as a whole,” says Kravitz, who chose black and white paint to be used on the mural “because it is tonally very neutral.”

During planning meetings with art students, Kravitz asked the students to do some freethinking before the actual painting. During the four-hour painting session, students will decide with their neighbors where the opening on the rectangle will be and how the connection between images will be made.

Utrecht Linens is supplying all materials, including acrylic paint, rollers, brushes, and mixing pails. Donated stepping-stones will be placed about three feet from the wall to allow for closer inspection. The paintings will be covered with a varnish after completion to protect them from the elements. Mural planning sessions were videotaped by Art and Visual Technologies technical director Sean Watkins for a documentary to be aired on GMU-TV on the making of public art.

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