Monday, April 24, 2006

Murals by Robert Dafford

There's more than a few people excited over the recent announcement that more floodwall murals are planned for the near future. There's definitely one lined up to cover Rosemary Clooney and the Russell Theatre, and possibly one for Simon Kenton on the horizon as well. You can read more about it in these two articles: From The Ledger Independent and from The Mason County Beat. There is also a fund-raising party, April 25th from 5 to 6:30 pm at French Quarter Hotel. The event is free and open to the public.

The muralist lined up to create the Rosemary Clooney painting is Robert Dafford, whose team painted all but two of the previous ones. Robert Dafford is one of the foremost mural artists in the United States today, with over twenty years of experience and over 200 public works in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, and France. The 46 year old Louisiana native is constantly sought out for his dramatic, large scale illusions.

Lafayette' in Lafayette, Lousiana. Painted 1999 by Robert Dafford

More than 80 of his murals are listed on his web site along with photographs. They are all amazing, but make sure you check out this 160 foot tall clarinet on the side of a Holiday Inn in New Orleans, and his "Flying Violin" series located here.

posted at 11:16 AM by Jeremy Parnell