Saturday, May 16, 2009

895 Feet Long Mural Painted by Community

Kfar Netter Wall Mural

While technically a mural can be any piece of artwork on a wall, ceiling, or other large permanent surface (Wikipedia) some of us tend to associate murals with ancient masterpieces made by masters painters and artists rather than with ordinary people and suburb communities. Yet, a small suburbs community in an Israeli village named Kfar Netter, has recently collaborated on a unique project, mixing self-expression, fun and community relationships into a gigantic wall mural next to a walkway crossing the village. Made from 70 separate elements, all designed and painted by the residents, this impressive mural measures 895 feet (approx. 273 meter or about 0.17 miles) long and 6 feet high.

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Panoramic view full

Environmental art or casual creative entertainment, call it as you like - the people of Kfar Netter seem to have liked the idea and about half of them - approximately 400 people - have attended the single day gathering. It was hot. Music was loud, cold drinks were all over and within a few hours the mural was done, accept for a few minor segments which were taken care of later on.

Kfar Netter Wall Mural

OK, we know what you are thinking. Since most of us like to paint but not everyone is a painter, here are just a few words about how it was practically done: First a date for the special gathering day was set and announced. Each family was then invited to come up with its own masterpiece and provide it to the event organizers in the form of a standard A3 paper sheet.

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element Template

A special company was hired to cover the entire wall with a primary paint and then sketch the outline drawings based on the given residents' input. Above is an example of such an outline prior to the paint job. Below: a Google earth snapshot showing the exact location of the wall and the mural (kmz file here).

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Google Earth View

Here are a few selected photos taken during the painting gathering.

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element

Kfar Netter Wall Mural

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Couple

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Couple

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Group view

Kfar Netter Wall Mural: Element

Photos by CultCase

1 comment:

  1. Very nice murals, thanks for interesting post. Im murals and ceiling painting artist, if you interesting my artworks, visit my art page ;)

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