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The Making of the ML King Mural : Artist Presentation by Meg Saligman

January 18, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Organizer: Public Art Chattanooga, Phone: 423-643-7800 http://www.publicartchattanooga.com/
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Lead artist of the ML King Mural in Chattanooga, TN, Meg Saligman, will give a free public presentation about the fascinating process of creating of one of the largest murals in the country. Saligman will explain the process of this monumental public art project and the inspiration and meanings behind the imagery depicted in the mural.
Public Art Chattanooga, the City of Chattanooga’s public art program, commissioned world-renowned artist, Meg Saligman, to create a monumental mural located on all four sides of the AT&T building in the heart of M.L. King Boulevard in Chattanooga, TN. This is Meg’s largest mural to date covering approximately 42,000 square feet and took 6 months to paint by a team of 11 artists.

The M.L. King Mural is a monumental, painted testament to the complex cultural dynamics along M.L. King Blvd in Chattanooga. It reclaims an entire city block with lush color and locally-sourced imagery in an area rich in history and renewed energy and growth. The M.L. King Mural reinforces the critical role that public art plays in telling the story of one of Chattanooga’s most important neighborhoods through images of its rich past, present and vision for the future.

This project was made possible through an unprecedented partnership with AT&T. Funding was made possible with generous grants from the Benwood Foundation and Lyndhurst Foundations. We are grateful for support from our sponsors, NES Rentals, Sherwin Williams, Wafflez and over the 560 citizens who provided their input and helped paint the mural in the summer of 2015.

Meg Saligman Studios is a world-class public art studio created and led by Meg Saligman. For 25+ years, Meg has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad to invigorate the built environment with paint and light. Her studio specializes in producing the largest murals in the country, always site specific and socially engaged. As innovators within the field, Meg and her team have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, and numerous others. Saligman was recognized by Public Art Review as one of the ten most influential muralists in the nation. The studio is based in Philadelphia. Through a competitive application process, six local Chattanooga artists were selected to join Meg’s team on this project.

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