The Miami-based street art collective Primary Flight will visit North Carolina from April 18th to May 8th to create a mural for the Spring Garden underpass section of downtown Greensboro’s Greenway–a 4 mile bike trail that circles the city being developed with a strong public art emphasis. Commissioned by the NC Arts Council, the mural will add a significant contemporary work to Greensboro’s public art landscape and beautify the underpass for trailgoers and drivers alike. A series of events–movies, lectures, and a public opening–will provide opportunities to meet the artists and learn more about street art as a medium and movement.
The Primary Flight project is co-produced by The Downtown Greenway and Elsewhere–a living museum and international artist project set in a former thrift store on South Elm Street–who will provide a base of operations for these artists during their time in Greensboro. The new mural will cover the seven currently gray Spring Garden Underpass platforms that support the highway above with bright lines and colors inspired by a Bauhaus building in Greensboro and the “movement” theme for this section of the trail. Events (listed below) will share the depth and breadth of street art practices with Greensboro audiences and participants, broadening exposure and understanding of their collaborative public practice while bringing together four exceptional Greensboro non-profit creative initiatives.
A group of 15 high school students will work with the artists to complete the mural as part of Elsewhere’s CoLab after school program, an initiative engaging high school students in civic actions that explore and beautify the public realm. Volunteers from throughout Greensboro will support the crew and continue to maintain this section of the trail. The opening event on May 6 from 2-5 will host Chairman Rocco Landsman of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as music, a beer garden, a six-person bicycle, and an interactive section of the mural completed by visitors over the course of the afternoon.
About The Downtown Greenway
The Downtown Greenway is a 4-mile long loop that links neighborhoods across Greensboro through public art, sustainable transporation, and unprecedented greenspace. (downtowngreenway.com)
Elsewhere is a living museum set within a former thrift store. Elsewhere builds new futures from old things through creative projects, education initiatives, public works, and imaginative collaborations global artists that enliven and inspire downtown Greensboro. (goelsewhere.org)