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Springtime Brings New Window Installations & a Mobile Mural to Downtown

Starting this March, Downtown Chapel Hill will come to life with site-specific art works by local artists featuring storefront art, interactive performances and artist-conceived bus wrap!  A collaborative year-long project between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office brings eye-catching pop-up art displays to storefronts downtown, promotes artists in our community, and further establishes downtown Chapel Hill as a dynamic space for art.  

Made possible with support from The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office as part of its Downtown Art Program, Windows on Chapel Hill will feature three storefront locations for the spring 2013, including interactive performances for the community to participate in.  

Additionally, an art wrapped Transit bus by Chapel Hill artist Mary Carter Taub entitled Mobile Mural, will be traveling downtown routes for a year beginning in March as part of the Town's Downtown Art Program in partnership with the Orange County Arts Commission.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, March 8 from 6PM to 8PM at  Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk.  Meet the artists, enjoy food & drinks, and hear about these great collaborative arts initiatives. From 6PM to 7PM the Mobile Mural art bus will be parked along Franklin Street in front of The Courtyard.  This event is free and open to all.

For details on Windows on Chapel Hill, visit 

For details on Mobile Mural, visit

More information on these artists' projects below:

The Declaration Project by Stacey L. Kirby @ 419 West Franklin Street, Yates Motor Company Building

Since 2007, artist Stacey L. Kirby has played the part of a Local Declarations Officer in The Declaration Project, her ongoing "performative interaction" with the public. In her mobile vintage office space, Officer Kirby takes participants on an interactive exploration of self-identity through the creation of a bureaucratic paper trail. Kirby asks visitors to take part in a handwritten assessment of their "personal belongings" -- these declarations cards are then archived and travel with the project. Officer Kirby will have Office Hours in March, April, & May. 

Depiction by Parasol B @ Vimala's Curryblossom Café, 431 West Franklin Street

Depiction is an interactive installation using multiple mediums ranging from the most traditional--paint, canvas, photography--to the newest of the new--smartphones, geo-locational information, crowd-sourcing and the web. Viewers of the Depiction paintings use their smartphones to scan barcode paintings and then follow instructions to find a variety of sites within walking distance in downtown Chapel Hill. At each site the viewer is given specific instructions, via barcode, to stage or compose a photo, using their smartphone, then submit their photo to the resulting community-created photo collection. Parasol B will give two guided tours in March and May. 

Everyday People by FRANCO @ Display Case in front of Walgreen's, 108 East Franklin Street

This installation explores race and equality by using illustrations of people's faces of different complexion and gender with a happy and joyful expression. The complexion and gender of each face as well as background colors will play a big part in offering the viewer that powerful message. The images convey a sense of pride and a state of harmony. 

Mobile Mural by Mary Carter Taub, encompassing a Chapel Hill Transit bus travelling various routes downtown

Mobile Mural is a highly colorful, super-sized artwork that wraps an in-service Chapel Hill Transit bus. The bus wrap design is a map mash-up of Town bus routes and road mark patterns such as yellow lanes and pedestrian crosswalk zebra stripes. Embedded in transit, Mobile Mural is a public artwork that combines "form and function" by blurring the boundary between art and everyday life.

To support this and other arts initiatives in our community please make a donation to The Friends of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation: and click on "Downtown Art."