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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Sheboygan Project

This summer the international street art movement found its way back to Sheboygan.  Visiting artists-in-residence transformed the city's architecture into a colorful landscape reflecting the local people and culture.    
I knew nothing about this beforehand, but as I've mentioned before, I'm weirdly lucky and just happened to be driving by in June when work began in the first of the series of murals.  Gabriel Specter was kind enough to allow me to photograph him at work.

 His piece, located on Washington Avenue,  depicts a scene similar to what you may see underneath an above ground railway in his home town of New York City.  He describes it as something far deeper and how it can symbolize how communities can be connected through infrastructure like roads and railways and how when people work together, they create a whole.  Er....okay.  When Jeanna and I drove by the finished project I just couldn't see it.  Maybe you can explain it to me.

All I see is a muddy river flowing under a bridge, a bridge that is not in Sheboygan, apparently.  The good news is I enjoyed the other murals we found better than I enjoyed this one.  What I didn't enjoy so much was the fact that we couldn't find half the murals that I got off the map from the website.  Further research shows that some of them are tiny and kind of hidden.   I'm sure I'll be in Sheboygan again sometime next summer and I'll try to track down the ones I didn't find.  In the meantime, I've got 6 more that I did find to share with you over the coming weeks on Monday Mural, so keep coming back!


  1. How long did it take him to paint it Pam. Look forward to seeing more over the next weeks.

  2. Looks like he is trying to show something like this
    Different is all I can see being as it look like it's in monochrome

  3. You caught a mural in the making. Not something we mural hunters come across that often. I think you may be on to it regarding my mural - the progression of the life of the peanut.

  4. Hmm...interesting perspective but I don't get the artist's meaning either. But with my engineering mind, I find it hard to relate to artists sometimes.

  5. Maybe he has to put some colours in yet and is this the basic for his image, or he forgot to take the coloured paint with him and just left it this way :)

  6. It would make more sense to paint a mural that reflects the history of the community.