BANGOR — The Downtown Bangor Wheatpaste Mural Project is back in full swing after a taking a year off due to the pandemic.
If you’re driving around Bangor this summer, you may see a lot of artwork.
The murals are part of the Downtown Bangor Wheatpaste Mural Project.
“After the year we just had, I think a lot of people are using just being able to walk through the streets in the city as a way to get out, and people able to see those art pieces along the brick,” said Suzy Violette, the mural project’s coordinator.
The Downtown Bangor Partnership has teamed up with Launchpad to install 15 murals by the fall.
Violette said every year they pick a theme for artists to create pieces that inspire, uplift and strengthen the community’s identity.
“This year’s theme is Unity and we chose that theme as soon as we heard that we were taking over the project,” said Violette. “We aren’t going to talk about any other theme because it fits so well, especially after the past year we’ve had. I think it’s important in the art community to represent unity.”
Mix up flour, water and sugar, and you get wheatpaste.
This semi-permanent glue allows local artists to install murals throughout the city.
Izzy Nutter is one of the artists who has her mural design on the side street near Mexicali Blues.
“I thought of the colors and how they are all different and I put them into one,” said Nutter. “I took the flamingos and my first thought was flamingos have long necks and they interlock, so I think that really shows unity.”
If you see one of the murals downtown, you may notice there is a QR barcode near the artwork. Violette said if you take your phone and scan the barcode, it will show you a map of the remaining artwork installed.
For more information regarding the project, you can visit their website.