In the spirit of championing grassroots art projects in small cities, a few weeks ago I hinted briefly that artist and educator Alexander Landerman was preparing to begin a large scale mural in downtown Stevens Point, a college town that sits pretty close the very middle of Wisconsin and is a popular crossroads for travelers.
Point, as it’s commonly known, has a quaint, old-fashioned downtown with some recently updated buildings and businesses. It’s home to Point Brewery and a fair number of cafes, bars, and shops in historic buildings. There is a small and thriving arts community in Point, but until now the existing murals have all been historical in nature. And when Divepoint Scuba, a downtown business, found itself with an exterior wall in need of repair, the Arts Alliance of Portage County proposed a mural along with the repairs.
The mural was made possible through public fundraising efforts, and the AAPC intends to continue to raise funds in an effort to continue adding murals around the area. This is Alexander’s first mural-sized work, and the first work in paint that he has done in several years. His materials of choice are usually ink and charcoal (check out some of his illustrative drawings here) but I love that this wall is turning out just like a super-sized version of one of his drawings.
Check out the great and before-and-after images below! Also check out Alexander’s work at alexanderlanderman.com!
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