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Mural at Little Theatre Provides Urban Visual Therapy

Jul 23, 2012

Walls are painted all the time – but not often in the manner used to redecorate one wall in the Rochester’s East End cultural district.

Artists created a mural on the back wall of the Little Theatre as part of the ongoing WALL\THERAPY project. The mural is entitled "See the Forest for the Trees."

WALL\THERAPY is designed to be a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address a collective need for inspiration. Artists say their work is different from graffiti because they get permission from building owners first.

The Little was approached by 1975 Gallery owner Erich Lehman on behalf of WALL\THERAPY to donate the space at the back of the Little Theatre 3 and be part of the project which also includes pieces on Troup Street Park, at the Public Market, plus others throughout the city.

The artists for the Little Theatre mural were the Spanish-born, Germany-raised twin duo HowNosm who began the piece at 7:00 am on Saturday, July 21 and completed in less than 24 hours.

"We're thrilled that the Little was chosen for this project, " said the Little's General Manager, Derek Reis, "We hope the community can appreciate the beauty of the mural as a piece of the city's new landscape, as well as explore its amazing detail up close at the Little."

The WALL\THERAPY project was conceived by Rochester's Ian Wilson, and more information can be found on their website.