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Sum of Parts

Sum of Parts is a public art project that requires civic engagement as part of the installation process. The goal of this art installation is to instill pride in the community, engage the citizenry, and interweave the arts and culture into the utilization of public space.  The project is part of the ongoing revitalization of Wheeling through its Main Street program.

Four mural ideas have been chosen to continue on to the community presentation round, which will take place at WTRF’s building, located at 96 16th Street, on Monday, June 26, from 6 to 7 pm.

Idea #1: Brian Fencl – Wheeling, WV

Brian is the chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication Studies and Visual Art at West Liberty University, where he is also an art professor. He earned an MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art in NYC and a BFA in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

“My image combines Wheeling’s architectural landmarks with the city’s mythology to bring past and present together. For the civic engagement portion of the project, we will invite the public to paint their house, business, church, school mascot, family, etc. to the bottom of the mural to create the city itself. The diverse styles, skill levels, color choices and choice of subjects will visually come together to look like our city and symbolize the strength of our community.”

Brian's Description:

“My image combines Wheeling’s architectural landmarks with the city’s mythology to bring past and present together. For the civic engagement portion of the project, we will invite the public to paint their house, business, church, school mascot, family, etc. to the bottom of the mural to create the city itself. The diverse styles, skill levels, color choices and choice of subjects will visually come together to look like our city and symbolize the strength of our community.”

Idea #2: Eric Walker – Wheeling, WV

Eric grew up in the Wheeling community doing artwork. He currently owns Creative Madness, Custom Airbrushing and Paint. He founded Creative Club, a local movement that provides people with a forum to share their art and resources, and has volunteered at the Oglebay Institute Stifle Arts Center teaching airbrushing to children. He has spent a majority of his life in the U.S. Army, but has still maintained his creative edge.

“I wanted to do something eye-catching and at the same time show the past and how bright the future will be for Wheeling as a whole. The rendering shows us many changes that has made Wheeling community what we are today (a family)... It is my goal to connect with the community, encourage them to participate, and give them ownership of this mural. I want to provide enthusiasm and grow their interest in art and community.”

Eric's Description:

“I wanted to do something eye-catching and at the same time show the past and how bright the future will be for Wheeling as a whole. The rendering shows us many changes that has made Wheeling community what we are today (a family)… It is my goal to connect with the community, encourage them to participate, and give them ownership of this mural. I want to provide enthusiasm and grow their interest in art and community.”

Idea #3 & #4: Jason Sauer – Pittsburgh, PA

Jason has a MFA from Marywood University and a BFA from Edinboro University. He co-owns Most Wanted Fine Art, a Pittsburgh art gallery. Sauer is a sculpture artist and a classically trained painter. He's created works of art such as large murals, small Flemish-inspired impressionistic paintings on metal, and abstract art from demolition derby cars.

“This mural is a metaphor of the Ohio River in West Virginia and Wheeling. The colorful mountains will be a signifier of Wheeling’s cultural heritage’ the water will flow to the bottom of the mural to an area of very colorful bedrock. I will have community volunteers help paint the colorful bedrocks. Therefore referencing the foundation of the community in a visual metaphor of bedrock.”

Jason's Description:

“This mural is a metaphor of the Ohio River in West Virginia and Wheeling. The colorful mountains will be a signifier of Wheeling’s cultural heritage’ the water will flow to the bottom of the mural to an area of very colorful bedrock. I will have community volunteers help paint the colorful bedrocks. Therefore referencing the foundation of the community in a visual metaphor of bedrock.”
“This idea is based on gears and the idea that community members are the gears that keep Wheeling moving. It is full of colorful shapes that would be easy for community members to fill in.”

Jason's Description:

“This idea is based on gears and the idea that community members are the gears that keep Wheeling moving. It is full of colorful shapes that would be easy for community members to fill in.”