Destination Salem Blog
Internationally acclaimed pop artist Kenny Scharf was in Salem last week to paint a mural on the Museum Place Garage. The mural, which wraps around the corner of the building at Brown and New Liberty Streets, features a very happy crew of creatures with any number of eyes. I checked on the mural's progress several times on Monday and Tuesday, and watching the progression from one "Halloween orange" creature (he reminded me of one of the ghosts in Casper) to many creatures with necks and tongues and eyes and teeth (the blue one with one tooth is one of my favorites) was fascinating.
Public art became a part of the fabric of Salem last summer when we had temporary sculpture installations. We look forward to new sculptures this summer, to the downtown Artbox art program (launching during the Arts Festival), the installation of the Lady of Salem sculptures, and the Salem Arts Festival during the first weekend in June.
Public art is a great addition to downtown Salem. Whether you see it as a conversation piece, a resting place, or a work of art, come downtown and see it all this summer.
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