Forty artists have been commissioned to create a giant mural at the corner of Main and Market Streets in downtown Bloomington as part of an effort by the Downtown Bloomington Association to beautify the area and call attention to the active artistic community there. The paintings will be a part of a large grid that faces the parking lot owned by Frontier Communications, which is providing some of the funding for the project. Artist Herb Eaton likens the installation to a quilt.
The project is similar to the mural on the wall of The Pod in Uptown Normal, and is intended as a way of connecting the Twin Cities, while creating awareness of the artistic community. Eaton’s work is entitled “Jazz” and is a direct reference to his other artistic pursuit: playing the trombone.
Eaton hopes the installation inspires community members to become active supporters of local artists.
The downtown Bloomington mural is expected to be completed at the end of summer.
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