New London Tube: Mural Walk

Video from Hygienic Art outlines the route of this colorful stroll around New London

Last week, we highlighted a video that gave a little extra speed to the . We must be in a bit of a rush, since this week's video is also blazing through downtown through the wonders of time lapse.

posted this video guide of the route through Wall to Wall, the New London Mural Walk. The gallery says this project was done in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, City Center District,
city of New London, the , the , Sailfest,  and OpSail 2012 CT. New London received a from the Department of Economic and Community Development toward the creation of four new murals in the downtown area.

The video starts on Eugene O'Neill Drive and heads past a line of eight people holding signs spelling, "Did you know New London is home to the largest concentrated mural walk in New England?" It recognizes 11 sites, but gives special recognition to the newbies:

  • "Songs For Our City" by Qimin Liu, Mark McKee, and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts interns; Eugene O'Neill on the building
  • "One City Many Cultures" by Russ Cramer, Katie Fogg, Jeff Weaver, and more; rear of the Hygienic Art Park stage
  • "Hard Hat Painters" by Troy Zaushny and Mike McNabney; side of
  • "Cabinet of Shells" by Peter Good; side of the

According to the video, there are a total of 16 murals on the walk and it takes between 30 minutes and an hour to see them all. Hygienic Art says videographer Kat Burns put the footage together. It doesn't quite hit all of the spots - the New Deal murals inside the are missing because it wasn't open at the time this was shot - but brochures are available at Hygienic Art ot highlight each site.

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Caiti Griffin July 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
That's more a Groton thing, don't you think? We're the Whaling City! And I think the murals are absolutely fantastic! I hope we can keep it up! Bean & Leaf would love to see a mural on the wall to the Thames Club parking lot that faces away from TC towards BnL. We'd also love Peter Levine to commission a mural on the huge empty wall of the Bank of America parking lot side of 13 Washington St!
Kathy Waszczak July 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I think the murals are great! I can remember the WHALE mural on the side of the old Social Security building way back.
Charles J. Read July 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Murals of New London. A different day, a different culture, yet reminiscent of federal grants during the Great Depression that gave birth to murals, thousands in post offices (the one in the New London PO, I believe). The WPA programs brought on board skilled painters such as Thomas Hart Benton and Isidore Lipshitz. Mexico mirrored the United States programs and the gifted Diego Rivera muraled for the masses. Keep those scenes coming, artists of New London.
Joyce Pearson July 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I think that having murals of submarines is not just a Groton thing. Men and women from New London and southeast Connecticut and beyond worked hard to design and build those subs Having a mural of some famous subs is as important to New London as it is to Groton We need to be inclusive in our murals.
Spencer July 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
How about a history lesson mural somewhere that has a picture of Benedict Arnaold, George Washington, and Col. William Ledyard over looking a burning NL?? Dramatic--yes--but it will portray a tough begining for NL--and maybe let us reflect on how far we have come durin NL's history?


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