Through a partnership with our funders, Standard Properties, LLC (the owners of Plaza East), we present the latest public art installation on the East End: Power.
After a thorough search and evaluation process, and with the assistance of the property owners, the Charleston Main Streets – East End Urban Design Committee selected Rebecca Recco as the winning artist to paint the 2015 mural. Power is painted on the southern-facing wall (back wall) of Plaza East, located on Lewis Street, 1/2 block from Appalachian Power Park. This mural marks the 6th CMS-commissioned public arts mural and 12th public art project of our organization.
About the Artist
Rebecca Recco is an artist and art educator from Charleston, West Virginia. She has painted murals at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore “Home is Where the Art Is” Project, and the Pier-to-Pier Sesquicentennial Project. She also conceptualized the Edgewood Elementary tile mural and collaborated with artist Rob Cleland, her students, and the wider community to manage and produce this large-scale installation. She has also participated in other public art projects, such as the East End StreetWorks project, FestivALL installations, and the Clay Center Christmas exhibit, installations for ArtWalk, and “painting as performance” events for the Dollar Energy Fund, FestivALL, East End Bazaar, and more.
Rebecca enjoys involving the public with art events, using the creation of art as art creation, performance, and educational experience. By doing so, she engages the public with the landscape and brings significance of a place into the public consciousness.
The theme for this piece is “Light.” The image is an abstract, pixelated piece that brings to mind lights and movement, in colors that seem to light up against the dark background. The work is festive and fun, but also evokes power. The swooping lines and pixelated lights might bring to mind the excitement of a carnival, or of the scoreboard lights at the ballpark. Though the design is very industrial and modern, each “pixel” is painted by hand, with colors mixed directly on the wall, resulting in a very painterly, almost Impressionistic style. Close-up, the swirls of paint mixed right on the wall will be evident. From a distance, the piece will have an entirely different look. The mural will be experienced differently whether viewed up close or from a distance.
Keep up on Rebeeca and Isaac’s experience and progress of “Power” by liking the Power Mural Facebook page!
Power is funded by Standard Properties, LLC (the owners of Plaza East) and administered by
Charleston Main Streets – East End.
All photos taken by Rebecca Recco and Isaac Emerick