Release Date: April 28,2017
Installation happening now; unveiling set for May 11, 2017
The University of Akron’s Art Bomb Brigade turns inward to find and magnify the talent within their own walls. In their latest effort, UA art students developed a 2,400-square foot mural aimed at channeling the innovative nature of Echogen Power Systems into a colossal piece of public artwork for downtown Akron. Echogen is one of the leading businesses in the field of waste-heat to power conversion. The Art Bomb Brigade and Echogen will host an unveiling party at the site of the mural on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm on the corner of Exchange and Water Street on Lock 1. The celebration will feature live music from Red Rose Panic, local legend DJ Larry hosting a karaoke party, and delicious bits from Square Scullery, Western Fruit Basket, Akron Coffee Roasters, and local arts, craft, and clothing vendors.
Twenty-three students from the Myers School of Art working on the project vary from art educators and studio artists to graduate student arts administrators. This is the first time that Art Bomb is working with students to generate original mural designs for the project.
Elly Dallas, a UA art student in the “Mastering the Mural” course says that “murals have the power to inspire, rebuild and transform communities.” Lindsey Mitchel, whose design was selected for the final mural, says, “I am so excited to lead my peers in creating a prominent landmark for our city.”
Rooted in the heart of downtown Akron on Lock 1, Echogen has made their home in the old “Hamlin Steel” building. Situated near 69 Taps, Diamond Deli, and Bricco, Art Bomb and Echogen hope to redefine Akron in the downtown food and bar district by bringing giant bursts of color to parts of the city that are under recognized.
Philip Brennan, CEO of Echogen, says, “We realized we had a blank canvas on the property. After being introduced by Kyle Kutuchief, program director for the Knight Foundation, to other work Art Bomb completed, we approached them about a mural. We believe it is important be an active participant in our community and to support the development and celebration of the arts, whenever possible.”
Winner of the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge, the Art Bomb Brigade has already completed three murals, soliciting local artists to work with UA’s students to develop and paint high impact murals. Art Bomb Brigade murals have become part of the local fabric in the region with recent works at the Downtown Laundromat, Chill Ice Cream Company, and the Akron Sustainer.
The Art Bomb Brigade is working on the mural now through Wednesday May 10, 2017. The Art Bomb Brigade and Echogen will host an unveiling party at the site of the mural on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm on the corner of Exchange and Water Street on Lock 1. All Akronites, mural enthusiasts, and visitors are encouraged to come check it out!