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CWS Parent Executes High Profile Public Art Project

Thomas Melvin’s Art Extends To Many Areas

The Melvin family have been active members of the Chicago Waldorf Community for many years. In fact artist Thomas Melvins’ creativity has been on display at CWS before. His work has been profiled in the Sound of Thunder’s Community Artist Profile, and suites of his woodblock carved Valentines collaborations with his wife, Nancy Melvin, are on display in the school’s Main Office (and also available for purchase as elegant artist proof cards and gift sets). But in this past few weeks Thomas’ art skills have taken on a whole new dimension, as he is executing a massive mural project in the Loop. His efforts were recently documented in a Chicago Tribune article on this Art Loop 2011 Project.

Here is an excerpt of the article in the Tribune:

Writing on the Wall for Art Loop Project: Artist Rosen to Bring Wordplay to Empty Spaces in the Loop

The newly stenciled lines on the vast wall above Old Navy in the Loop suggest there’s a large-scale advertisement in the works. But those who’ve been anticipating the location of this summer’s Chicago Loop Alliance-sponsored public art installation are the wiser.

The north wall of the Stevens building at 17-25 N. State Street — of which approximately nine stories serve as a white brick canvas looming over a pedestrian-heavy intersection — is the newly tapped site for Midwestern artist Kay Rosen’s as-yet untitled Art Loop 2011 installation. A secondary site, along the paneling covering the north and south exterior walls of the State/Lake “L” platform, will serve as backdrop to a related installation, and banners lining State Street between the two sites will tie them together. All of the installation work will be completed in time for the project’s grand unveiling, scheduled for May 24. The complete installation will be on view through August.

Though a light rain put an end to Saturday’s preliminary preparation, Sunday’s mild temperatures offered ideal conditions for work on the Stevens building site, which is largely being carried out by a team of local painters headed by Thomas Melvin, with whom Rosen has collaborated multiple times over the course of nearly three decades. Because Loop regulations limit painting to weekends only, weather plays a major factor in the timely completion of the project….(Click here to continue reading the article at its source).

This article (originally posted, May 8, 2011) is excerpted from The Chicago Tribune
By Lauren Viera, Tribune reporter


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