Mission accomplished! It’s named in three parts, but this is basically a 60ft mural in three 20ft sides. (10 ft tall, to finish off the measurements). It’s visible from Westfield Ave. in Broad Ripple, behind the Monkey’s Tale (and, as it’s in the alley, it’s behind Union Jack on the other side).
This one has a Carl Sagan-inspired story. The west wall is “Voyager” and shows that space probe and a distant planet (the dots are signals, too). The north wall, the one finished today, is “Sounds of Small Creatures,” and is Bean the Astronaut playing the gold record that Sagan had attached to Voyager (one record is spinning, here). The record had imagery on it to show how to play it and where we are located triangulated off of pulsars. The record contained sounds...of us. Music from around the world, speech, sounds from the planet were all on it. Sagan called us, humans, “small creatures,” because, in comparison with all that is out there, we are really very small. The third wall, the east wall, is our solar system (with signal dots coming back to us), and Matthew Aaron’s “You Are Here” pointing to the Earth. This one is called “Pale Blue Dot,” as that’s what Sagan called Earth. This wall has become the new selfie hotspot, as we keep seeing people posing under the Earth.
The idea stemmed from Matthew’s own wall, on the same property. He painted a nighttime skyline. I thought about, what if those people in those buildings were looking up and off to Voyager’s path. And, of course, Broad Ripple’s music scene (and this property being home to a karaoke bar) tied into the Sagan record.
There’s more in store for that property over the winter and into next spring. I’m thankful for this opportunity and super proud of these walls. I had an absolute blast.
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