Monday, September 24, 2012

Charter Oak Tree Mural



The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has funded new public murals in seven cities, including Hartford.  This one is by artist Adam Niklewicz.  It shows the Charter Oak Tree, and is based on a painting in the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Niklewicz sprayed the brick wall around the tree image with transparent water-resistant paint, and left the tree image untreated.  The tree is (mostly) invisible when the wall is dry.  At 3 p.m. every day, the wall is sprayed with water from above and below.  The wall is unaffected by the water but the untreated tree image darkens, bringing out the tree image.

This post is linked to Monday Murals.

26 comments:

Linda said...

That is a fascinating technique they have used! It certainly piques the interest of those who know...wonder how many pass it by every day before 3pm and have no idea? Nice work!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's such a beautiful painting!The tree image is adorable!
Léia

VP said...

A bit complicated but effective!

Lois Evensen said...

How very cool! :)

SRQ said...

Interesting. This reminds me of a church in Bradenton where, years ago, an image of Jesus appeared on the outside wall. Eventually, it faded, but it would reappear when water was sprayed on it. It got to the point where the church held public "spraying" events at a designated time. The church officials always claimed they never put the image there. Seeing this oak tree makes me wonder again....

Sharon said...

What an interesting technique and a beautiful mural.

Sylvia K said...

That is a fascinating technique indeed, Jack, and what a terrific mural! I love it! Great shot for the day!

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Ali Crehan said...

What an amazing mural! Thank you for showcasing it and explaining how it was done.

CaT said...

wow, that is amazing....
i would like to see that!

hamilton said...

at first I thought this might be nearly invisible when the sunlight was directly on it and it needed a bit of shade to show up. but this is even more interesting!

Kay said...

What a beautiful image for a mural, and a pretty amazing means to display it. Time/water-sensitive. Transient and less likely to become a common sight.

RedPat said...

You have to know that I love this one!!

Andy said...

The invisible mural. Intriguing.

Paul in Powell River said...

How creative!

La Principessa Errante said...

OMG That is absolutely incredible. It is a gorgeous, gorgeous graphic, but the fact that it is not always available for viewing is intriguing. Love the entire concept.

Randy said...

I love trees so needless to say I really like this mural.

EG CameraGirl said...

Fascinating technique. I wonder how long it will last.

Lowell said...

I like this very much! Very artistic and a pleasure to look at!

ewok1993 said...

so beautiful. looks like a stencil.

Halcyon said...

A lovely, understated mural. Good for a city known for more serious stuff, like insurance companies. :)

Michelle said...

What a beautiful artistic effect.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such an elegant mural Jack, and what a unique and interesting way to display it.

JM said...

This is just wonderful!

Karl Demetz said...

An unusual mural, but very artsy.

Stefan Jansson said...

That is a good one.

Chrissy Brand said...

Really subtle and better than the usual primary colours approach to too many murals in my view.