Signs of the Times - September 2013 - (Page 6)

ST UPDATE By Steve Aus t News for a broader perspective A Salute to Summer’s Murals Now, as we wistfully enter the waning days of summer and begin to think about kids going back to school, it seems a fitting time to take a look at some eyepopping murals that were painted on Midwestern walls throughout this past season. When so much of contemporary culture is shepherding the populace into a cocoon-like existence that encourages people to pursue their interests in isolation, it’s inspiring to witness the preponderance of murals and other public-art pursuits, which provide us with sorely needed common experiences. Community Beautification Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization that strives to engage the public to support and enrich the city’s artistic community. In 2006, the organization began its summer mural-painting program, which hires aspiring artists ages 14 to 21 to bedeck previously bare (or graffiti-covered) walls with immense murals in all of the city’s 52 neighborhoods. According to the organization, it’s painted 67 murals in 34 neighborhoods thus far, and now is extending its civic-embellishment program across the river into Kentucky. Mark Mallory, Cincinnati’s mayor, praised the mural program for reducing crime and vandalism, boosting public safety and enhancing community pride. This year’s program entails the painting of 11 murals. This mural, on East Eighth St. downtown, celebrates the work of Cincinnati wildlife artist John Rutheven. This outsized reproduction of a Rutheven painting depicts Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. Lead artist Tim Parsley coordinated the project’s efforts with three teaching artists and 15 apprentices. 6 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / SEPTEMBER 2013 /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - September 2013

Signs of the Times - September 2013
ST Update
Technology Update
Who Uses the Phone Book?
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review - DGS 3D POP store system
Technology Review - KIP C7800 poster printer
Design Matters
New Products
When the Cheering Starts
Enter the ST Intl. Sign Contest!
Starting at the Bottom
LED Lamps for Box/Cabinet Signs
The Aria’s 260-ft. Pylon Sign
Industry News
Advertising index
Editorially speaking

Signs of the Times - September 2013