Bach Big Playground Mural

2015 Teacher Grant

Recipient: Kim Furey – Bach Elementary School

Amount Awarded: $3,500

 

Bach Elementary Big Playground Mural Image by Rebecca Rowe

 

Stephen's Theater at Bach Big Playground Image by Rebecca Rowe

Stephen’s Theater at Bach Big Playground Image by Rebecca Rowe

Stephen's Theater Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Image by Jo Mathis

Stephen’s Theater Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Image by Jo Mathis

A view of the mural from Stephen's Theater at Bach Big Playground. Image by Rebecca Rowe

A view of the mural from Stephen’s Theater. Image by Rebecca Rowe

Stephen Easter Image Courtesy of The Stephen Easter Family

Stephen Easter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back Drop for Stephen’s Theater

In the summer of 2013, the Bach community tragically lost its student, 8-year-old Stephen Easter.  Stephen loved nature, music and performing.  Stephen’s classmates, teachers, and family collaborated to design, fundraise, and build the theater in his memory.   The amphitheater sits at the foot of the hill of the big playground and flanking it is a long wall normally covered with unsightly graffiti.  The Bach mural makes a perfect backdrop for Stephen’s Theater.

 

 

Headshot of David Zinn - Image by Olesya Nishanova.

Headshot of David Zinn – Image by Olesya Nishanova.

 

 

With Artist David Zinn

Local Artist David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. David is a self-taught artist with a degree in Creative Writing and English Language from the Residential College of the University of Michigan. He is notoriously known for his temporary street art comprised of chalk, charcoal, and found objects.

 

 

A Bach student "tagging" the mural with a representation of herself.  Image by Jo Mathis.

A Bach student “tagging” the mural with a representation of herself. Image by Jo Mathis.

 

Building A Mural Together

With David Zinn at the helm with his amazing design, community came together to beautify the western wall of the Bach big playground. Nearby homeowners helped prep and prime the wall and Bach elementary art students helped paint the mural. Graduating students were invited to “tag” the mural with a representation of themselves.  Students discovered what is public art, what makes it art, and the many benefits of public art.

 

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