The second mural I created for the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia’s Old City is based on a British novel.
In his novel The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst wrote, “He wanted pure compliments, just as he wanted unconditional love.” The basis of the novel – the story of a young man seeking beauty and acceptance among the elite of English society – helped to inspire this hand-painted mural. The lines intersect and build upon one another to create a larger pattern, a series of prisms most commonly associated with glass. And while glass as we know can be fragile, just like the young man in the novel, it also provides transparency. The idea of seeing (as well as seeing through) marks a transition point from the stairwell cityscape into a mirrored space where we are invited to see ourselves.
This and the first mural for the National Liberty Museum were painted freehand over just a few days on site.
This mural was created in two parts – one on the wall and the other on glass to create a dichotomy between geometry and fractured design. Please see below: