Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Decatur City Hall to meet tonight concerning Living Walls

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Freddy Sam and Evers collaborative work
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  • Freddy Sam and Ever's collaborative work

A public hearing will be held tonight at Decatur City Hall to discuss a mural recently commissioned by the LIving Walls conference. The piece, a large collaborative work by Freddy Sam and Ever located on 302 East Howard Ave., caught the attention of Decatur's Historic Preservation Commission, whose stated goal is to "ensure that renovations and new construction in Decatur's four Local Historic Districts are consistent with the character of the neighborhood." Living Walls Lecture Series Co-Curator Joshua Rackliffe says that the neighborhood's reaction to the work has been mixed.

CL spoke Linda Harris, Assistant Director of City of Decatur Community & Economic Development, earlier this morning about the meeting, which she says is simply a small issue of miscommunication. Harris worked with the Living Walls conference to bring artists into Decatur and integrate the project with Decatur's public arts program. She says that she expects the meeting tonight to explain the Living Walls project and share a dialogue that puts the neighborhood, Historic Preservation Commission, and city all on the same page, but not to determine the fate of the mural. Harris notes that while the Commission has a say in certain aspects of renovations and construction, window frames or signage for example, decisions about paint rest solely with the property owner, Bruce Cohen, who approved the project.

Living Walls organizers are encouraging people to attend the meeting and share their feelings about the work. The meeting gets started tonight, Tues. Aug. 16, at 6:30 pm in the Decatur City Hall's commission meeting room, located at 509 North McDonough St.

(H/T to BurnAway's Living Walls coverage)

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