Creators of Spirit Tree Start Newest Project In Joplin - KOAM TV 7

Creators of Spirit Tree Start Newest Project In Joplin

Painting murals in the dead of night with a bucket of paint, back hoe and a projector. This is how members of the Tank: Public Art group spent it's Saturday night in downtown Joplin.

The group says this large scale project on the corner of Virginia and Commercial Alley is one of three geometric art murals the group plans to complete in downtown Joplin. The first was three shapes on the side of the SPIVA Center for the Arts building, and the last will be another mural on Wall Street.

The group says the paint is donated, the back hoe is owned by a member of the group and they do get permission to paint the project from the buildings owners. They estimate the latest mural will take about three weeks to complete. 

"We have a lot of great murals in Joplin, and a lot of them are very pictorial, they're very colorful, but we haven't had any that are geometrically inspired and so we were kind of really inspired ourselves by abstract art and very clean lines and black and white and we thought it would just add another dimension to public art in Joplin," said member Emily Frankoski.

The group formed back in 2012 over a shared love of public art. 

"First we did some mosaic work in the tornado zone, then we did the spirit tree on 20th, and then earlier this year we did some chicken wire sculptors out at Wild Cat Glades Conservation Center," Frankoski said.

Though currently just a group of people interested in sharing art with the community, Frankoski says the group is looking into the possibility of becoming a Non-Profit Art Group in the future. 


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