City Canvases Mural Unveilings Begin Wednesday

Water Street Parking Garage trompe l’oeil debuts as part of downtown New London mural project

The first mural in New London's project will be unveiled on Wednesday.

"Cabinet of Shells," a 40-foot trompe l’oeil, features a three-dimensional image of shells from Indonesia, India, and Mexico. The piece was created by graphic designer Peter Good along with Jan Cummings, Kirsten Desnoyers and Jesse Good.

The mural, located on a tower on the , will be revealed in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Speakers will include Peter Bergstrom, director of the Department of Economic and Community Development, along with Mayor Daryl Finizio, president Vincent Scarano, and State Senator Andrea Stillman. The event will begin at 11:15 a.m. with a performance by the Kaze Taiko drumming group from Wesleyan University.

The mural was funded by $126,000 granted by the Department of Economic and Community Development as part of an initiative to enhance public spaces with mural-based art. The money is also funding three more murals on Eugene O'Neill Drive to be part of an self-guided walking tour entitled "Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk."

Additional supporters of the project include the city of New London, Hygienic Art, Connecticut Office of the Arts, Water Street Parking Garage, City Center District, , Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, OpSail 2012, SailFest, and the .

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