It's about time Phoenix sees some serious mural love. In the interest of giving credit to their artists and because we're losing track of the times we've said, "Whoa, when did that go up?", we bring you Mural City, a series on the murals springing up around town -- their artists, their hosts and their inspirations.
If you're headed to the opening of the Phoenix Design Museum tonight, you won't be able to miss Downtown's latest paint job.
|photo by Claire Lawton, mural by DOSE|Yesterday, local artist DOSE put the finishing touches on three big words that scroll across the 20-by-125 foot, west-facing wall of Michael Levine
's Seed & Feed Warehouse
(and current home to the Design Museum). It's the first effort DOSE has made in in what he calls a "social political form of graffiti." And tonight, it'll be on view for some big names in local, national, and international design slated to attend the opening.
Right to Remain, Dose says, is the result of a collaboration with Levine, with help from graphic designers Andrew Coppola and Raquel Raney.
|photos by Claire Lawton|
"A lot of people don't know that the Miranda Rights, or the right to remain silent, came from Phoenix -- just down the street from where we are now," says DOSE. "I don't remember if it was Levine or I or both of us at the same time, but we both landed on Right to Remain, which I think is pretty symbolic of a lot of things going on in town right now."
Three days after Levine approached DOSE about painting the wall (adjacent to the one he carefully stripped in April), the local artist bought a ton of paint, looked at font inspirations with Coppola and Raney, and did a couple sketches. He then spent three days on a scissor lift with a roller and a bag full of spray paint.
|Photo by Mark Dudlik|
On Tuesday, Dose took a break from outlining and pulled off his painting mask after we took a few photos (even though Levine donated the wall, he's still a little sqeamish about having his picture taken).
A few people stop on the sidewalk to ask him where the rest of the Miranda Rights are going to be written. DOSE explains he'd like the message to be left up to interpretation.
"It's more of a public call," he says. "We all have the right to remain -- the right to remain indigenous, the right to remain gay, remain on this occupied land, to reoccupy ... whatever. There's nobody else in town who's pushing the SB1070 struggle and immigration rights like this, and I think it needs to be said."
DOSE says he hopes this mural (and a bunch of others like it, if he can get the support and wall space) will give local graffiti a new angle -- and scale.
"We can use graffiti for what it was intended," he says. "And hopefully projects like these can give local graffiti artists a chance to start putting more conscious messages on the streets instead of just our names."
The Phoenix Design Museum will be open to the public Tuesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. through November 11 in the Seed & Feed Capitol Warehouse, 411 South 2nd Street in Phoenix. Admission is $10 and is good for visits throughout the month.
|Photo by Mark Dudlik|
|Michael Levine's Seed & Feed Building|Tonight, AIGA Arizona will host an opening reception for the museum at 8 p.m. as part of Phoenix Design Week(s) and during Pivot, the AIGA national design conference.