Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Recommended Viewing: Eric Grohe's Trompe l'Oeil Murals

The subjects and execution of Eric Grohe's murals are what set him apart.

I especially like his Liberty Remembers mural and the murals he did for the Miller Brewing company.

The poignant irony of all of this, of course, is that murals (Eric's and others') too-often stand-in for quality civic development.

Faux skies in malls do nothing to quench the human spirit's thirst for nature, and the classical architecture rendered in delicious perspective by masters such as Eric are, themselves, only imitations of what our soul really hungers for: civic spaces that celebrate humanity and nurture the naked pedestrian.

I can only imagine what amazing things Eric could do if he were given something more befitting his masterful eye than the back-sides of ill-conceived boxes — because, all-too-often, his mural is the only saving grace the building has to offer.

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