Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Prepping the wall

For several reasons the fresco will be constructed on a floating wall, built out from an existing brick wall. The construction crew used 3/4" plywood that the students and I covered with water proof roofing paper, which is overlapped in the way that roof shingles are. This was followed by a layer of expanded metal lath that creates a suitable surface to hold the first layer of plaster. Plaster is pressed into the lath in such a way that some of the material pushes through the mesh, creating cement finger that hold the layer onto the wall.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Location

(photo taken from WKU website

The fresco wall is housed in the newly renovated Van Meter Auditorium at Western Kentucky University, which was originally built in 1910 in the Greek Revival style. Architectural features include ornate Greek-style columns and pilasters as well as a beautiful art nouveau stain-glass sky light. A truly inspiring venue for the fresco project!