Public Art in Tuscaloosa: Art Mural to Be Displayed in Temerson Square Through October

Public Art in Tuscaloosa: Art Mural to Be Displayed in Temerson Square Through October Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

A mural designed to raise awareness about Alabama’s environment – particularly the Black Warrior River –  went on display in downtown Tuscaloosa’s Temerson Square on Oct. 1. he students of the spring 2019 Environmental History of the Americas class at The University of Alabama selected the topic and prepared the research in conjunction with Dr. Teresa Cribelli, associate professor of history and a collage artist.

The Black Warrior mural is located on the side of the building located at 2300 4th Street, and can be viewed on the right hand side of the Copper Top lounge.  Tripp Powell, a partner in HT&PW, LLC, the building’s co-owner, was willing and able to participate when approached about the possibility of having public art on the exterior of the building.

“During the Benchmarking Trips to Greenville and Lexington, it was a point of emphasis by both cities that public art was important in their growth and development,” Powell said. “I wanted to provide that for Tuscaloosa if the opportunity presented itself.”

Powell said he encouraged other business owners to see the benefit to the community, as well as the economic growth public art would stimulate. “I think it can only drive foot traffic, and foot traffic drives retail,” he said.

“Alabama is home to one of the richest and most bio-diverse river systems in the world,” Cribelli said. “This mural aims to raise awareness about the uniqueness of Alabama’s environment – and the Black Warrior River in particular – within the state and beyond.”

Ruth O’Connor, with O’Connor Art Studios, who was instrumental in negotiating the placement of the mural over the course of a year, said she had spoken with officials at the City of Tuscaloosa bout working with a private business owner following the Chamber’s trip to Greenville, South Carolina.

“It was great to see business owners see the impact of public art and have an awakening,” O’Connor said. “The Chamber laid the soil, and now we need to plant the seeds.”

The mural, which is designed to deteriorate over time with the elements, will be in place throughout October.

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