MURAL #1 | ‘YELLOW FELLA” | GEDDES STREET | THE SALT DISTRICT
In 1893, at this very building on Geddes Street, in our city's awesome westside neighborhood, the E. C. Stearns Bicycle Agency was established by industrialist Edward C. Stearns, who began his business as a hardware manufacturer, then branched out into bicycle production from 1893 through 1899.
Stearns was manufacturing the popular "Yellow Fellow" by 1895. This model was manufactured by the thousands at the the plant and made the name of the city familiar in almost every corner of the world, as the slogan read "The Yellow Fellow from Syracuse."
After becoming one of the best sport riders in this "section", Stearns soon developed several of the "best selling models of the bicycle era. He employed "noted" riders to "race his product", few of them any better riders than he. His models became so popular they were in demand throughout the world. At one time, the Co. had four plants in Syracuse and 3,500 employees.
By 1896, Yellow Fellow production was at an all-time high and "the smoke poured from the chimneys of the Stearns company." Carloads were shipped from Syracuse bearing huge posters that read, "Yellow Fellows, made in Syracuse," followed by the name of the dealer in some distant city.
In addition to the racing bike, the YF model was produced in one-seater, two-seater tandems, triplets and sextets! This mural is a commemoration of this little slice of local history, with a contemporary twist! We hope you've enjoyed it's evolution with nearly 80hrs of combined artist input!
MURALS #2 - #7 | “UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE” | THE REDHOUSE THEATER COMPLEX | SALINA & CLINTON STS. DOWNTOWN
A Universal Language is spoken and understood by all the world's population, it’s a means of communication understood by all living things, beings, and objects alike. Theatre, music, painting, dancing, singing and writing are primal languages, as are expressions of LOVE, PEACE, COMMUNITY, ARTS, FRIENDSHIP & (you are) WELCOME. Thus, in 14 of the top languages spoken in Syracuse, we’ve projected six (6) Universal Messages.
Over the course of the past three months, the community was invited to help participate in painting the murals and the results have been wonderful. With well over 50 adults, children, families, artists, students, professionals and handfuls of people strolling by contributing to the murals, an organic, improvisational, eclectic series of canvasses have emerged from the original concept. The core ideas of “communication and diversity”, however, are fully reinforced in this almost “free wall” painting exercise. The greatest take away was the tremendous amount of gratitude shared by those who stopped to paint and those who were simply driving, walking or biking by… so many positive responses and calls for more opportunities like this!
MURAL #8 | SPARK CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE | EAST FAYETTE STREET
When we renewed our lease at the 20 year old venue on the City’s Eastside a few years ago, we knew that the outside of the iconic DIY cultural space needed some attention. For one, the sides of the building didn’t necessarily scream “creativity”, and secondly, it had some pretty bad graffiti tags scrawled all over the east wall, facing the high traffic parking area. It was fairly ugly, and somewhat unbecoming of us, to say the least.
So, on one summer day, we invited a half dozen local, well respected street artists to jam on the wall with some donated art making materials, a few ladders and free water. The result was a collaborative, in the moment, burst of color, shape, message and motif, all emboldening the arts facility.
MURAL #9 | COMMUNITY MURAL JAM | SPARK CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE
In the summer of 2018, Spark hosted it’s 20 year Anniversary Party and as a part of the community celebration we had a free mural making station.