YUGE student-powered, ‘Kaleidoscope’ Art Bomb goes up downtown

Organizers to host big reveal throwdown on May 11

For this “colossal” public art project, the University of Akron’s Art Bomb Brigade looked inward for the talent to develop the 2,400 square foot mural they’re installing at Echogen Power Systems. In all, nearly two dozen Myers School of Art students worked with art educators and administrators to design the enormous mural going up at the corner of Exchange and Water Street on Lock 1.

“I am so excited to lead my peers in creating a prominent landmark for our city,” says Lindsey Mitchel, whose design is part of the mural.

The Brigade and Echogen want more than just to pretty up the side of a building. They aim to help redefine the restaurant and bar district of downtown Akron that’s home to Diamond Deli, 69 Taps, Davinici’s, Bricco, Woody’s and Cilantro.

“We believe it is important be an active participant in our community and to support the development and celebration of the arts, whenever possible,” Philip Brennan, CEO of Echogen, says.  

The Knight Arts Challenge-winning Art Bomb Brigade, which has already installed murals at the Downtown Laundromat, Chill and the Akron Sustainer, will work through early May on the mural before hosting an unveiling party on Thursday, May 11, from 5 pm to 9 pm, featuring live music by Red Rose Panic and local eats from Square Scullery, Western Fruit Basket and Akron Coffee Roasters, as well as area arts, craft and clothing vendors.

For more info about Echogen, go to echogen.com. For details about the Myers School of Art, check out uakron.edu/art. To learn more about the Art Bomb Brigade, visit facebook.com/artbombbrigade, and while you’re at it, consider supporting the Brigade by texting “ArtBomb” to 41444.