Tape Classified. Though it may sound like a chapter in a book on the Watergate scandal, in this case, those two loaded words are meant to be taken literally as the title and source materials for the first mural installed in the warehouse-sized West Gallery of the new 870 Building on Raymond, the latest addition to Art Center’s South Campus complex.
Measuring just shy of 70 feet, the installation consists of entirely student-created images made from tape inspired by ads on Craigslist. The idea for the mural was the result of a brainstorm by the students who wanted to tell many loosely connected stories, each sharing the same narrative DNA originating from a community based on the idea that one person’s trash (or Mid-Century Womb Chair) is inevitably another person’s treasure.
Instructor Brian Rea is thrilled with the results, not to mention the collaborative nature of the three-week exercise. “This one mural tells 80 stories with individual illustrations,” says Rea. “With eight different students, all with different styles, different attitudes, it’s been really interesting to try and systemize that on a wall.”