Never underestimate the interest in graffiti in NoDa.
Back in June, the developers of Fat City Lofts asked people for opinions on how to cover the uptown-facing side of their 70-foot-tall building at North Davidson and East 35th streets.
They displayed the works of five potential graffiti artists and printed 250 ballots for people to vote their preferences.
“We ran out of ballots and had to ask them to write on the backs,” said Doggett Advertising's Heather Coggins, who is assisting developer BlueSky Partners with the art project.
The event was on a gallery crawl night, so participants ranged from residents to artists to browsing visitors, she said. No one was shy about offering suggestions for the mural: “No blood or scariness,” wrote one person. “No political statements,” scribbled another. “Leave off the terrorists,” advised one voter.
As the votes were tallied, Coggins said, it became apparent this would be a job requiring more than one artist.
“The five artists had worked together before on other installations, and it just made sense with all the community involvement to have several instead of only one,” she said.
She's coordinating the details of the project and aiming toward a Sept. 19 event in conjunction with a gallery crawl.
Perhaps you recognize some of the selected artists: OBSOE, REBUS, ALOHA and JAFAR.
The developers are covering expenses, but the artists are taking the job mainly “to see their artwork go up,” she said.
The wall will replace the graffiti-splashed façade of Fat City Deli, which was destroyed by high winds a year ago. The deli, a neighborhood landmark, opened in the early '90s and closed about five years ago.
Doug Smith: 704-358-5174; firstname.lastname@example.org
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