FULTON, NY – The long awaited installation of CNY Arts Center’s stained glass mural, created during Harborfest is almost complete and a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.
With the collaboration of hundreds of volunteers working with creator Leslie Paice, the mural of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic piece “Starry Night” was constructed of nearly 2,000 cut glass bottle bottoms and completed during the festival.
Bottles were gathered for months from restaurants and individuals and stored in locker space donated by Malone’s Parkside Mini-Storage. Volunteers spent days preparing the glass, washing, cutting and painting prior to the festival.
Throughout the three-day event, festival attendees of all ages participated by laying the glass and grouting to withstand the elements. The finished mural measures 9’x10’ and will stand in a steel frame provided and constructed by the City of Fulton Department of Public Works.
“This painting was perfect for the mural project because it is easy to recognize, and people don’t have to know anything about art history to recognize the painting,” said Paice. “In its size alone, it exemplifies the CNY Arts Center vision of empowering people through the arts, to inspire them to strive for something greater and impact the community in return.”
“Vincent Van Gogh’s painting depicts a small town gazing at a sky which may represent life, inspiration, and aspirations…their true potential under the stars,” the artist continued. “It becomes a fitting symbol of what is possible when others come together and dream big, and what art can achieve for a community. Everyone associated with the project has a connection to the bigger symbol and its message as a testament to the spirit of Central New Yorkers.”
The public is invited to celebrate the unveiling of the mural Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.
For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com