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Making a Box of Glass

Hamilton, Ohio – Next!

The StreetSpark mural program began its second work of the season June 6 as artist Michelle Furr applied her winning design to a utility box in the Lindenwald neighborhood.

Furr, a multidisciplinary artist and teacher, made her design for the box at the corner of Hooven and Pleasant Avenue family affair. She will paint the site with her husband and two children.

“We have created a design (with) four unique stained-glass patterns that reflect craftsman, mission, prairie and art deco design elements,” Furr said. “These designs pay tribute to the architecture of many of the homes in the neighborhood and (the region’s) long history with stained-glass manufacturing and window production.”

Meantime, work continues on Stream of Consciousness - the winning Anissa Pulcheon design - at the Lane Library.

Founded in 2016 as a partnership between the Fitton Center, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation, StreetSpark furthers the creative identity of the city through exciting murals and public art projects. The Ohio Arts Council and ArtsWave also help fund the program.

Since that first summer in 2016, artists designed and painted 17 murals and 14 utility boxes in a variety of styles. See all the murals online here or download a map here to visit them in person.

Look for work on Madeline Tipton’s design - Bartels’ Butterflies – at Bartels Heating and Cooling to begin June 19; Jennifer Eickelberger leads the painting. In addition, Kiera Fisher and Sarah Hynfield and their teams will paint another pair of utility boxes.

“Each of the designers highlighted something endearing about the particular area,” said StreetSpark Program Manager Jennifer Acus-Smith. “I believe they will resonate as universally appealing designs, as well as sources of neighborhood pride.”

“These designs really showcase the best of what we want StreetSpark to be,” said Fitton Center Executive Director Ian MacKenzie-Thurley. “All five of these artists really connected to specific elements of Hamilton - and to each of the selected neighborhoods in the city - and made their observations both personal and universal through their art.”

Enjoy some photos in the gallery below.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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