During Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, he dropped by to sign his name to the largest paint by number project in Philadelphia.
The mural, Faith and Family in the 21st Century, was officially dedicated on November 30th. It is made up of 153 5 foot square panels painted at the World Meeting of Families on Sept 25. It is the largest 4,200 square feet mural painted by more than 2,700 people and Pope Francis added the final touch with his signature.
Meg Saligman’s impressive public artwork, Undoing Knots, was on display during the Pope’s visit at Basilica of St. Peter and Paul. It is composed of over 100,000 individual ribbons with handwritten personal struggles that are tied to the 13 feet high and 20 wooden framework that encircles the basilica dome.
Ms. Saligman is most noted for her incredibly large, realistic public art murals in Philadelphia and across the country. We saw some of her work when we were in the city last taking a self-guided public mural tour on foot.
There are a couple other recent news items to update.
Regarding the controversial mural I wrote about in Jefferson County, Alabama, the committee was split on a decision for what to do. They agreed to hire a consultant to see if the murals could be removed safely. If not, they will have to come up with another solution. There are two more areas within the courtroom to paint updated murals showing progression with a more contemporary viewpoint.
With the December Christmas season starting to get into full swing, I thought this mural painted by Agostino Lacurci in Rome, Italy, reminded me of a certain jolly fella. Think so?