With our mural now complete and the Arts Council seemingly pleased, we are happy to share final photos, as well as a few of the more interesting progress shots. We have been telling everyone this is our best mural yet and we think it’s the truth. While we are not mural/public art veterans like many of our 46 for XLVI colleagues, we have been painting large scale murals for over 10 years. Many of our more ambitious works are for jobs, but the vast majority of our work has been for ourselves.  So, our audience thus far has consisted mainly of the graffiti community and we tend to think the work reflects that. Clearly, this wall is different.

With this mural, we really wanted to provide something that is our flavor and comes from our style, but we knew it had to have some degree of mass appeal. As most public works in town prior to the 46 for XLVI program seem to deal with either history, commerce or positivity, we didn’t want to submit something that is totally out of line. It goes without saying that merely a graffiti-based concept would not have been approved, nor would it have challenged us greatly. So, our self-imposed criteria became something like this:

Create a scene that is both beautifully painted and fun to look at, use subject matter that is fairly literal but give it some sort of twist and possibly make it humorous.

With that we simply looked across the street for some creative impetus; there we saw a very common sight : water. We agreed that everyone knows about fishing and many or most are fishermen themselves. Fishing was fun and lighthearted enough, so we started to look for ways to make it funny as well as impose our style. After deciding that fish fishing for humans was unacceptable, our final ‘Wormin’ concept was born. From there, we set out to create a very simple, yet interesting composition based on the space we were working in. After some discussion we brought in our friend Josh from WickedKolor to add his own spray paint mastery and divide the work evenly for the best outcome.

We are grateful, inspired, challenged and humbled by the experience with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the process of creating art for the masses. We hope this is only the beginning of our foray into the world of public art; the wheels are turning faster than ever to think of bigger and better solutions. Thanks to Lindsey Lord for making the process totally painless and allowing us to simply do what we do and focus on the art.