Art Students Pitch New Ideas for Old Mill

"Adorning Stiches" posterWhen art student Fabiola Navarrete ’14 looked at the dull industrial wall fronting downtown Brunswick’s former textile mill, Fort Andross, she imagined the factory workers who once toiled behind its facade. In her proposed mural for the wall, two seamstresses are sewing a flowing, colorful tapestry, one by hand and one by machine. “The mural denotes their role in helping shape the material world around us,” Navarrete explained.

In Mik Cooper ’14’s proposed mural for the same blank wall, a colorful scene depicts both a factory laborer and the Androscoggin River’s swinging bridge, over which the mill’s workers once walked to work. “…This wall aims to bring the history of the mill forward in a vibrant and energetic way,” Cooper said.

These are two of the 18 suggested projects for the old mill by students in Professor of Art Mark Wethli’s Public Art course. Wethli’s students recently gathered at Fort Andross to present their ideas to the Brunswick Public Art committee, setting up posters in an art gallery and handing out pamphlets to committee members. Read the full story and see photographs of the student proposals.

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