Murals to transform St. Louis


Residents use painting to unite the city

St. Louis will soon be taken over by artists and their paint brushes. The movement is a new project, designed to spread vibrancy, community and creativity throughout the city. The project known as the 1000 Murals Project, a collaborative movement, will include the work of local, national and internationally recognized artists, volunteers and organizers.

The plan of the project is to create 1000 murals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Lindsay Sihilling, a St. Louis native, has spent time organizing the project and has an optimistic vision for the movement and its impact on the city.

“We hope the project beautifies the city and brings people together in the process – everyone from small business owners to students to artists to law enforcement to major corporations. No one gets left out,” Sihilling said. Project organizers are looking for business owners to donate their wall space to allow room for murals.

“The 1000 Murals Project grew out of a shared interest in bringing St. Louis together the sake of facilitating an awesome public art project and community organizing endeavor,” Sihilling continued.

Organizers are currently working to spread awareness of the project and draw attention from artists and volunteers.

“We’re looking for high-quality, original concepts,”  Sihilling noted.

A vision of the project is to enhance the current public image of St. Louis, which has received significant negative attention following the Ferguson events.  Another idea behind the murals and the project is to promote conversation about the events in Ferguson and promoting a brighter future for St. Louis.  The project has received positive feedback throughout the St. Louis community.

Project organizers and volunteers plan to spend 2015 fundraising and organizing artists, volunteers and management. “We’d love to see every metro area of St. Louis represented in this effort, from Old North to Ladue to Lafayette Square. We’re asking local building owners and artists to consider donating their space and talents,” Sihilling said.

Murals are expected to appear closer to 2016.

“Murals have always been a powerful way to get people into the streets to befriend their neighbors, beautify their buildings and send a message. I think it’s time for St. Louis to tell its own story – and I want to be around for that,” Sihilling added.

An online gallery of the murals will soon be featured on the project’s website with stories and information for each mural. The movement is volunteer-run and always looking for more helping hands.

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