I was contacted last fall by a group of people from downtown Watertown New York, who were looking to beautify the city by painting murals on exterior public space. Originally they had asked me to give my expertise regarding the placement of murals on a large wall in the veterans park in downtown Watertown New York.
When they were discussing how to raise the funds and how they were going to attract artists, I thought they might have trouble attracting master artists. I was very familiar with this process, as I have been doing public art for 2 decades, and at first I wasn't sure the group would find the support that was necessary to do such a project, in a small town, in upstate northern New York. I have been busy with a setting up a new gallery and trying to regroup post pandemic, so I sat back and observed as their group formed and their vision became clear.
When I saw that the group was able to put together a great team who were interested in furthering the project and that is was a collaboration for both local artists and big talent, I decided I wanted to be a part of it. Not just for myself, but to help that team draw professional artists and masters of public art to this small corner of the US and to inspire the people who live in our region.
My first inclination was to seek out a client who might hire or sponsor me to do a mural on the veterans park wall, but after deeper thought I felt the desire to do a piece that was under my control artistically. In my decades creating murals there has always been a client that is choosing what the subject matter would be. I am completely OK with that, because I love having the ability to take another person's vision and create it in real space.
But this time it’s different. I want this one to be what I design, what I desire to paint on the wall, done with nobody looking over my shoulder, so to speak, and created with love to bring the arts to my hometown area.
I thought about what I would do because there is a theme for the over 400' foot of space, Watertown, past, present, and future. I decided I would choose the past, the roots, the beginning when Watertown was wild. My family has been in the area since the 1840's so i also consider this place to be the home of my own roots. I have chosen the size of the mural to be 20ft high by 64 ft long, a centerpiece. One of the things discussed with the group early on was how to put the murals on the wall. It was my suggestion that is making the project possible, to paint aluminum sign panels and attach them to a frame system, one I use quite frequently. The costs of this mural will include: research and design, 40 aluminum exterior panels 4x8. , paint, materials, and next spring I will need to rent a warehouse with enough space for me to lay it down and do my touch ups and corrections. I will be able to paint them 6 at a time, using a system I will need to build in my studio. this project will take approx. 8 to 9 months to complete.
I plan on streaming the complete process on YouTube and other social media venues. 10% of my goal amount raised will be donated back to Downtown Watertown Arts Committee so that they may fund other artists to create murals for the wall. Anything over the goal amount will be split 50/50 with the Arts Committee. My fundraising goal is 65,000$
For people wishing to donate large sums, you can donate directly to the Downtown Watertown Arts Committee for a tax deductible donation. ** PLEASE SPECIFY THAT FUNDS ARE FOR THE KELLY CURRY MURAL** Artists receive 100% of funds donated to their mural project. Any donation over 1000$ will get your name or business on a Plaque attached to the mural!
Thank you for your support of the arts! Be sure to look for me on social media, accounts for the project will be set up on FB, Instagram, YouTube and others. You will be able to find updates at kellycurrymurals.com