Savannah is joining the cities of Barcelona, Spain,Í¾ Lyon, France, Napoli, Italy,Í¾ and Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta to host a Wall to Wall mural.
Artist Matt Hebermehl was busy Tuesday transforming a wall at the former Metropole Cafe into a work of art. The mural, which will be completed this week, is located at 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Hebermehl, co-founder with James "DrZ" Zdaniewski of See Savannah Art Walls, or SeeSAW, is creating the mural for Converse Sneakers and Juxtapoz Magazine's international "Wall to Wall" project. Juxtapoz Magazine acts as curator and media sponsor for the project.
Each wall will be featured on the back cover of a Juxtapoz monthly issue. About 115,000 copies of the magazine are distributed each month, and videos of each wall are featured on its website.
As part of its mission, SeeSAW promotes Savannah artists while also continuing a long-standing culture of visual communication through hand-painted signage. By coincidence, David Ellis, the artist who created the Wall to Wall mural in Manhattan, currently is a visiting artist at SeeSAW.
The mural site was secured by Realtors Lori Judge of Judge Realty and Jacqueline Mason of Keller Williams. The same location was used last year for one of the sites of a dual site installation called "Before I Die."
The Savannah Historic Site and Monument Commission of the Metropolitan Planning Commission approved the project at a public hearing on April 4. Once completed, the mural will remain for 30 days.
The project received the support of Savannah College of Art and Design President Paula Wallace, community activist Tom Kohler and local artists Megan Luther and Jose Ray, all of whom wrote letters of support.
Local Broughton Street business people between Barnard Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard signed petitions in support of Wall to Wall Savannah.
SeeSAW is partnering with B & B Paint and the Thunderbird Inn. Updates and photos of Wall to Wall Savannah can be followed or tagged with #WallToWallSAV. For information, go to www.savannahartwalls.org or follow Twitter @SAVArtWalls.