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Jack Russell - What's great about this project is that it has started from the bottom up rather than top down. The community itself is what organized the project rather than "art by committee." There were planning meetings that the public were invited to attend. There have been many opportunities for voices to be heard in planning and during the week-long festival. Just last night there was an incredible and free artist roundtable at School of the Arts where some of your questions could have been answered by the artists themselves. There have been so many opportunities for voices and opinions to be heard in this project, whereas if it had been dictated by the city or the county, the art most likely would have been dictated by city leaders and project funders.
We also would likely not have gotten such world class artists to do the paintings as they appreciate being able to choose their own subjects rather than having the content dictated to them. By doing the project in this way, Rochester has attracted world renowned artists who have varied backgrounds and artistic styles, turning our city into an amazing canvas. All art will not appeal to everybody, but with such diverse artists, there's bound to be something for everybody.
If you had come to the artist discussion last night, you may have been surprised by the artists' knowledge of their work as possibly temporary and their openness (though not desire) to have their work taken down if deemed by the community to be too problematic.
I just can't believe that any of the amazing murals that are part of this project could be deemed "aesthetic hell" when compared to the blank walls, nearby alleys and dumpsters, and in some cases abandoned and condemned properties.
Wall\Therapy is an incredible asset to this community and is meant to bring together the community and encourage people to see the beauty in some unappreciated parts of the city.
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