Patchwork Crosswalks Street Mural
“WONDER” is inspired by the playful creativity and curiosity of children. The mural’s proximity to Oakhurst STEAM Academy and the theme was no coincidence. We hoped to capture through the imagery, color palette and quilt patterns the radiant energy, lightness and pure joy of this next generation of innovators, creators and problem solvers.
Community connection: Within the design are actual contributions from our neighbors — young and old, of diverse backgrounds — through MoRA’s community outreach and engagement. It was important for us that folks could see themselves in the work. For example, the musical notes and piano keys in the honeycomb was a direct submission from 14-year-old Roen, who shared a patchwork design that expressed her love of music in her life. Roen inspired us!
~ MyLoan Dinh
For the story of the Patchworks Crosswalks project, read more here.
Renowned Local Artists Lead Project
Design and installation of MoRA’s newest public art project is led by local artists MyLoan Dinh and Bunny Gregory. Both have been trailblazers in the Charlotte arts community and beyond.
Dinh, a former refugee from Vietnam, grew up on Charlotte’s East Side. An internationally acclaimed multi-media artist, her work often explores the connections between personal and collective history, using a variety of deconstructed materials, objects, texts and more to recreate individual narratives in a communal context. @myloandinh
Gregory’s work is rooted in Afrocentric culture, addressing issues of racial and
economic disparity often through illustration, comic book style drawings, and collage. A longtime advocate for Black artists, the Charlotte native founded the Underground in 2014 as a space for urban poets, musicians and visual artists to express themselves. @ug_battleofthearts
Dream Partner, Anne Low of ArtWalksCLT
ArtWalksCLT creator and founder, Anne Low, envisioned an East Side Art Trail to connect art in the Monroe Road corridor. Through her passion project ArtWalksCLT, Anne thoughtfully curates free and accessible public art in Charlotte’s neighborhoods. Each self-guided artwalk “provides specific location, artist info, story, key art terms and an opportunity to make a connection to an artwork.”
Together with MoRA, Anne led the Patchworks Crosswalks project from early community engagement to final mural installation.
Check out the MoRA Art Trail on ArtWalksCLT.com
Our Corporate Partners
These community partners have shown their commitment to the MoRA community and to the importance of public art. We couldn’t be more appreciative.