Last weekend, a team of volunteers spent Saturday afternoon using wheatpaste — a water and flour-based semi-permanent glue — to install 20 paper murals on empty exterior walls all over downtown Bangor.
For the rest of the summer, hand-drawn paper owls, hawks, moose, bats, bunnies, frogs, fish and lots of bugs and flowers will watch over downtown Bangor. The murals are part of the Downtown Bangor Wheatpaste Project, now in its second year, which brings together Maine artists to make extra-large drawings, which are then wheatpasted on the sides of buildings all over downtown.
Annette Dodd, who co-owns The Rock & Art Shop on Central Street, has for the second year organized the project with fellow artists and downtown business owners Kat Johnson, Susan Bryan and Greg Edwards. Dodd said that besides adding colorful, unusual art to city streets, the murals encourage people to visit downtown, and help to set the stage for permanent murals that she hopes can eventually be painted.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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