Downtown murals proof of city’s support for art

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three new murals in the works for downtown show a ‘turning of the corner’ for public art in the city.

“I’m really excited about the whole process,” Artist Matt Plett said.

Plett is known for his mural on the Wunderkammer building on Fairfield Ave. He is getting ready to tackle a new larger-than-life easel on the side of the Midtowne Crossing building downtown.

“[It] is 100 feet long and 10 feet tall. [It] is where I’m going to attempt to put my mural upon,” Plett added.

That mural will transform the gray wall into something bold.. reminding passerbys and art fans to breathe.

“Breathe” is one of three works of art in the works for the neighborhood.

“We have people that are investing in our downtown,” Artist Alex Hall explained. “And along with that investment, should come all of the benefits of having a really neat, visual, creative representation in our downtown.”

Creator of a big guitar in the same alley, Hall has been working hard to find funding for more art. She has dedicated much of her time to the “Art This Way” movementand came up with $50 thousand from the Downtown Improvement District and Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

“This thing’s on a roll and we’re going to saturate this space with art and make it an outdoor art gallery,” Hall said with a smile.

Hall told NewsChannel 15 Fort Wayne is turning the corner when it comes supporting public art. City Council’s approval of tax breaks for business who support it is proof of that.

“I think there are people who are going to be wowed,” Hall added. “That I think is part of the joy of it. There are going to be people who don’t know anything about this and they’re just going to discover it for themselves.”

“I think everybody enjoys it,” Plett said passionately. “Viewers, creators… it’s like a flow back and forth. You get it from other people and you try to give it back.”

In addition to the three murals already announced, another will be revealed in 2018. Two additional art installations are in the works for 2019.

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