June 5th, 2021

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Community Building Tip: Murals

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

75. Create community murals, and make preserving them a priority. Public art can illuminate a street, but protecting the work over time can truly define a neighborhood and foster creativity and talent. Philadelphia’s iconic Mural Arts Program, which started in 1984 and turned the city into a street art mecca, includes a restoration initiatives, to make sure creative expression is prized and protected. In Denver, Colorado, Crush Walls is an annual urban art festival that transforms the street walls of the city’s former industrial neighborhood.

Murals make a great addition to any neighborhood.  You don't need an expert or expensive supplies.  It's nice to have those, but you can do just fine with your best local graffitist and their box of spray paint.  Learn how to paint a mural.  You don't feel like a painter?  ("Then by all means, paint!  And that voice will be silenced.")  Make it abstract.  A favorite is tape painting.

Two notable examples from my writing:

1) Most towns in Terramagne-America have a municipal artist.  Muralists are popular among these.  Big cities have more than one, usually in different styles of art.

2) Over in my main science fiction setting, Picture This: The REAL Artists' Colony has two styles of building.  One is elaborately shaped.  The other is flat and plain, intended as a canvas for murals.
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Birdfeeding

Today is sunny, breezy, and quite warm.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and doves today.

I put topsoil around the last 2 privets. 

EDIT 6/5/21 -- I watered the privets.

EDIT 6/5/21 -- I planted 2 paw paws in the streetside yard, put grow tubes on them, and watered them.

EDIT 6/5/21 -- I planted a Dolgo crabapple in the savanna and a dewberry in the berry patch west of the prairie garden.

White penstemon is blooming in the wildflower garden.

The hollyhock that was partly blown over yesterday has zigzagged upright again.  :D

Cherries are starting to turn red.  Some mulberries are beginning to darken, others are still pink or green.  Most blackberries have green fruit.

EDIT 6/5/21 -- I planted 1 White Feather hosta and 2 Regal Blue hostas in the purple-and-white garden.

As it is getting dark and I'm tired, I'm done for the day.