Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kew Gardens residents working on Forest Park mural
From DNA Info:
Kew Gardens residents are showing neighborhood pride by making tiny works of art on 4.5-by-4.5-inch tiles. The tiles will be fit into a mural they hope will one day be installed in Forest Park.
The "100 Tile Mural" is the brainchild of The Potter’s Wheel, a local ceramic studio, and residents painted the tiles in the theme of “Parks, people, pets and poetry.”
So far, roughly 70 locals have contributed personal paintings — among them a tile featuring Forest Park's famed “crooked tree,” and others showing birds, cats and even local pizzerias.
One tile shows an intersection with signs pointing to Long Island, the Bronx, Manhattan and the Rockaways.
“People really put a lot of themselves into making the tiles,” said Grace Anker, owner of The Potter's Wheel. “For some people, Kew Gardens is the center of the universe.”
Last year, the studio conducted a similar project around the theme of family and community that was also made into a mural.
The studio, which has received a grant for the project from the Citizens Committee for NYC, a non-profit organization aiming to help New Yorkers improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods, is hoping to install the mural soon after all the tiles are finished.
A spokesman for the NYC Parks Department said in an e-mail that the agency has received the proposal and is evaluating it.