PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Center for Creativity announced the kickoff earlier this week for the next phase of painting for its Art All Around project by unveiling the designs for the 4th and 5th tanks out of the 16 total that will be painted at the Sprague Oil Tank Farm in South Portland. The center also announced the final phase of the project’s fundraising and highlighted its bid for a Guinness Book of World Record.
“The process of preparing the 4th and 5th tanks for painting has already begun. This week they have started to sand blast the rust off and are cleaning the tanks to create a ‘clean’ canvas, once that is completed the lines are laid; carefully engineered and surveyed to recreate the 2 dimensional design 3 dimensionally,” said Phil Harriman, chairman of the Art All Around Capital Campaign Committee. Harriman also presented the next designs for the tanks, created by Art All Around competition winner, Jaime Gili, chosen by jury from more than 560 entries submitted representing 80 countries.
Also announced at the press conference was the kickoff of the project’s final phase of fundraising. To date, the Maine Center for Creativity, that created and is overseeing the project, has raised $950,000 and has $350,000 left to raise out of the $1.3 million dollar project cost.
“In this final phase, we are reaching out to over 100 businesses and asking for $3,000, the response thus far has been exceptionally positive, early donors in this phase who have already signed on include LL Bean and MEMIC and many are already in the donation process, ” said Jean Maginnis, executive director for the Maine Center for Creativity.
Keynote speaker for the event, Liesel Fenner, Public Art Program Manager at Americans for the Arts in Washington D.C. discussed the economic impact that the arts have on the nation and spoke to the size of this Art All Around project and its relevancy.
“It was wonderful to be greeted by such an impressive public art project on my way into Portland,” said Fenner. “Most people don’t realize that the arts are a cornerstone of Maine tourism and projects like Art All Around are bringing international attention and tourism dollars to the state through its high visibility and sheer size as a public art painting.”
“This project is not only transforming the gateway to Maine, but it’s putting Maine on map as a very real competitor in the world market for art, especially with the bid for a Guinness Book of World Records title of “World’s Largest Public Art Painting” that will be started once the painting reaches its 50% completion point”
Launched in 2008, Art All Around is a public art project that has transformed the Sprague Energy Tank Farm in South Portland, ME into a giant public art painting that can be viewed from the land, sea, sky, and even satellite. Art All Around is making a bold impression on the face of the earth and, with the leadership and innovation of the Maine Center for Creativity, is transforming the gateway to Maine.