Glass House Collective has identified the side of the old bank building at the intersection of Glass Street and N. Chamberlain at 2500 Glass St. owned by Community of Christ Church as the ideal location for this collective mural. Shaun LaRose will be coordinating the overall project, incorporating other artists, interns, and students to create a quality piece, which accurately reflects the Glass St. community.
LaRose began by asking input from the community to identify appropriate themes and/or community persons to be part of the mural compositions.
"This is one of the most exciting parts as you hear local stories and the community begins to take on its own distinct personality. This helps to develop a visual narrative that embodies these qualities," explained LaRose.
Crier and LaRose shared their respective designs with one another and worked to create one compelling design that is a symbolic depiction of virtues passed from one generation to the next telling the story of how each generation builds on what and who has come before them while also casting a vision for the future.
"This area of emphasis will create a new visual landscape and impact both through image, and message. By telling the visual narrative of Glass Street, commemorating its past, its values and its future vision, the community will grow to know these stories, adopt these stories, and be part of the continued story of Glass Street. Furthermore, the visual interest and aesthetic excellence will bring an even greater interest in Glass Street and potentially a greater investment in the area by business and local community investors," explained LaRose.
To begin the wall prep in June, LaRose led a summer camp with high school students from the community and greater Chattanooga area. After LaRose secured funding from the Royal Society of the Arts, he hired two interns to work alongside of him developing a large-scale mural from conception to finished application.
Crews will commit 75 hours over 3 to 4 weeks on the Glass Street Mural project and then expect to create a smaller scale mural. The interns are paid and will receive a stipend for materials.