Artists’ renderings offer a look at large murals planned for downtown Fort Wayne

This rendering shows the mural planned by Matthew Plett for the side Midtowne Crossing Owners Association at 112 W. Wayne St. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District)
This rendering shows the mural planned by Bryan Ballinger, which will go on the side of the Ambassador Enterprises building at 927 Harrison St. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District)
This rendering shows the mural that will be painted by Tim Parsley, a University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts faculty member and his students on a building at 128 W. Wayne St. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District)

Three areas of downtown Fort Wayne will get new looks this spring and summer as part of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District’s (DID) Art This Way, Alley Activation Project.

The large-scale outdoor murals will be created at the following locations:

• Midtowne Crossing Owners Association Mural, 112 W. Wayne St., by artist Matthew Plett

• Ambassador Enterprises Mural, 927 Harrison St., by artist Bryan Ballinger

• SOCA (University of Saint Francis Creative Arts) Mural, 128 W. Wayne St., by artist and SOCA educator Tim Parsley and SOCA students

The Art This Way program was created in memory of downtown proponent Christy Landrigan, who worked for the DID and then Lincoln Financial Group before she died in a car accident in 2016, a DID news release said.

Downtown art installations took place in 2016 and 2017, and large-scale murals are planned for this year and into the future, the news release said.

The Art This Way program works with property owners to arrange for sites for display of outdoor public art, the news release said. The program also raises money to pay for the work.

The program currently focuses on alleyways within a two-block area of downtown between Washington, Wayne and Berry streets and between Harrison and Calhoun streets, the news release said. Some property owners in those areas have sign agreements to allow murals to be painted on their buildings.

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