Fishtown Mural Action Plan


  1. Bring realistic qualities into the mural.
  2. Keep as many of the original fish as possible.
  3. Light alterations to fish.
  4. Incorporating stencils for Preschool program and other volunteers.

Areas of Concentration:

West wall

This portion of the wall looks great with its light reflections in the water!

The West wall is a good starting point because of the interaction it has with the playground. It is a high-traffic area for children and parents who may give us the most critical feedback.


Rec. Center Entrance

The doorway to the rec. center is also high-traffic, and is currently lacking in any decoration. It may be more of a challenge because this is a graffiti hotspot, but I think there is an opportunity to do great things with it.

Through the sketches I’ve worked on, I think the best solution for bringing out realistic qualities is to install an overarching theme of perspective. This allows us to make very few alterations and additions to the current mural and still involve volunteer work. By representing the ocean floor and sea break above, other volunteers can easily follow the example during future events

  1. As stated above, the more work done by volunteers that can be kept, the better. The mural is a community project in which everyone has invested a piece of themselves. In order to install realistic visual cues, we will have to walk around and make decisions on how to incorporate as many fish as possible into the new elements.
  2. In terms of the original mural and Art Sphere’s additions, altering some of the original fish will help tie the theme together. Applying a unifying light to the fish will bring dimensionality to them and will establish a foreground and background (west wall photos above are a great example).
  3. Another important component is to create stencils for the preschool program and other volunteers. Having stencils for people to use can help bring out an individual’s confidence to apply their own creative additions to the mural. It also promotes mural painting within a wider demographic by allowing smaller children to take part in painting.

What we hope to accomplish over the next month: (Basic timeline, open to alterations and extension)

March 9 – 15, 2014
Sketches and fish selections compiled and posted to the blog. Potentially start outlining.

March 16 – 22, 2014
Apply scenic outlines of designs on wall and entry door. See to scale/make any design changes.

March 23 – 29, 2014
Begin painting scenes. Leave mark indicators on fish that will be painted over. Select replacement fish.

March 30 – April 4, 2014
Continue painting scenes. Begin painting over fish. Begin fish alterations.

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