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New Mural Brings Pop of Color to Storrs Street Stairwell

Muralist and faculty James Chase

Excerpt taken from the Concord Monitor, May 20, 2022

Using cans of spray paint, artist James Chase and a few of his students from New England College are creating a multi-colored abstract portrait of downtown Concord in an area of the city that often goes unnoticed.

On the walls of the pedestrian stairway that connects Main Street to Storrs Street, Chase first laid down a white base coat of paint to cover the graffiti there. Then he taped off his geometric design and filled in the triangles and cubes with bright hues of orange, blue and yellow.

“Basically, I took all the buildings downtown and abstracted them and then started filling them in,” Chase said this week. “Once I had those buildings, then I spliced them and cut them, so you wouldn’t recognize them. But for me, that was the starting point. Then, I tend to put in moments of blue sky, moments of rest and there’s not a lot of green area here, so throwing in more green too. So really thinking about how color can really activate the space.”

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