THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST PAIN IN THE ASS

(BUT BEAUTIFUL AND AWARD-WINNING)

ICONIC MURAL IN HUNTSVILLE.

UMM,  ‘FUN’  FACTS?

 

🐟   Red Brick submitted several ideas as part of the “Make Something Interesting Downtown” grant program led by Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

 

🐟   One of Red Brick’s ideas, an elaborate, forced perspective, “interactive” mural that would tie into the nearby Big Spring Park and it’s well-known koi finish occupants.

 

🐟   As is typical with artists that have egos far beyond their talents and frequently, if not always, greatly underestimate the amount of time, money, and resources a project like a 100-foot long, 3D, koi fish mural would take to complete.

 

🐟   The DHI grant was for $500 and we* were sure that would cover the expenses and that the mural could be completed by one person working on it during normal business hours.

 

🐟   The said artist would later discover that it would be impossible to complete the installation by the announced unveiling date.

 

🐟   After what would best be described as a panic attack and at worst a mental breakdown, Red Brick enlisted the service of nearly two-dozen volunteers who each dedicated countless around-the-clock hours to help us finish the project by the unveiling date.  They were without a doubt the MVPs of the project and the sole reason for its on-time delivery.

 

🐟   DHI provided Red Brick with a generous grant for $500.  The mural’s final cost was upwards of $3,000 with Red Brick making up the difference.

 

🐟   Shortly after the mural’s unveiling, the installation was tagged by a graffiti artist.

 

🐟   In an act of kindness, the graffiti was applied with an easy-to-remove, shoe polish type substance and repairs were minimal.

 

🐟   However, the issue could have been avoided completely.  Red Brick had ordered and received a sealant specially designed for large public art installations. The sealant, though in our possession, was not applied by the artist until after the vandalism.

 

🐟   In spite of the pain in the ass, totally last-minute, chaotic, nervous breakdown inducing work that was required to finish the mural, it has become a hidden gem in Huntsville’s artistic community.  Countless selfies by visitors and coverage in various publications have proven that the mural is indeed “Something Interesting.”

 

🐟   BONUS FACT:  The mural, though a 100-foot, 3D, pain-in-the-ass, became a stunning part of Huntsville’s downtown area.  So popular, in fact, that the City of Huntsville commissioned a second mural which would serve as a continuation of the first into the newly renovated patio areas of Big Spring Park.  You can view the initial concept for the second mural below.

 

🐟   BONUS BONUS FACT  Not everyone was a fan.

AND THIS WOULD HAVE

BEEN THE WORLD’S

SECOND MOST PAIN IN THE ASS

(BUT BEAUTIFUL AND AWARD-WINNING)

ICONIC MURAL IN HUNTSVILLE.

🐟  TRIPLE BONUS FACT:  It took Michelangelo four years to paint the frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.  It took us 800 years to finish the fish mural.