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October 20, 2016

AAW Day 2: Mural Painting

by Zahir

Today’s mural painting along the walkway to Vanbrugh Paradise allowed me to unleash my forgotten artistic side. Stretching the length of the covered walk way, this blank canvas was open to anyone and everyone who walked passed fancying their hand at a little light relief in the form of art. It is perhaps one of the most obvious and easiest ways to get people involved with ‘community art’, and it certainly gets some great results, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love getting down and dirty with a paintbrush?!

By the time I had stumbled across the mural (there were three of them in between posts) one was beautifully painted by members of the AAW team, depicting a fun and naïve illustration of campus, complete with the obligatory duck. Having seen this, I was slightly apprehensive to add to the work as I haven’t picked up a paint brush since A-Level, and although competent I was painfully aware that it takes me a long time to come up with anything of artistic value when put on the spot.

So there I was, feeling nostalgic with my sparkly pink (yes, I know…) paint, ready to pounce on the canvas. And what did I decide to draw? A flower. I wish I could have come up with something better, but I just couldn’t, I got too caught up with the excitement of pinks, blues and purples, that I fell shamelessly back into the groove of a twelve year old. Luckily I was with a friend who did just that too, so at least I could feel very immature with someone else.

This activity I think really epitomises the aim of the week, it’s so simple, yet so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed my twenty minutes of slapping some paint onto a piece of fabric, in the vain hope that it could be classed as artistic genius. Alongside my flower I did write a very pretentious quote about something to do with art being the elimination of the unnecessary, in many ways, I really do hope that gets covered up by some other child-like flower too, but hey, I was trying to fulfil my History of Art title and cliché.

The mural will be up for the remainder of the week, so next time you walk down Vanbrugh way, cast your eye over it and seek out all the ducks, bears, hearts and shameless flowers. You might even spot the odd masterpiece or two.

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