In May, something exciting happened in Upper South Providence. Stroke by stroke, a giant pair of multi-colored wings appeared on an unassuming brick wall near Trinity Square. During the install, nearly 100 curious passers-by stopped to ask questions. Within the first five minutes of it being complete, someone paused to snap a photo. And in less than four hours, the first posts appeared on social media. Say hello to The Avenue Concept’s latest mural, Rhode Island’s first “Selfie Wall”.
“I have been playing and experimenting with selfie walls for a few years using plywood and materials that are temporary, but this was the first painted on a public wall,” says Yarrow Thorne, TAC’s founder and artistic director. He partnered with artist James Mustin, and the two collaborated to brainstorm a design that would complement the location and make the most impact. They settled on a set of angel wings to frame the existing window, with each colorful, patterned feather having “its own story.”
The Selfie Wall, which is reminiscent of the famous wing murals scattered over the country in cities like Nashville and Los Angeles, has been a hit. It’s tucked in an area with less foot traffic, an intentional choice since Yarrow hopes to “use public art to draw people to this space and encourage them to interact with it in a medium and format they are comfortable with.” Part of the fun is finding it; TAC hints that it’s in the general area between Trinity Square and their Cultural Corridor installation. When you do, take a pic like we did (and no, we won’t tell you where it is!) and tag @avenuepvd to share your story.
Yarrow says that TAC has over 15 new installations planned for the summer, so stay tuned on their website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.