Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shreveport's Once in a Millennium Moon

Shreveport's Once in a Millennium Moon mural

   If you drive through northwest Louisiana via I-20, keep an eye for downtown Shreveport. In addition to our mixture of ornate old buildings and modern architecture, you will see the largest publicly funded art murals in the country. The Once in a Millennium Moon mural is on two sides of the AT&T building at the corner of Cotton and McNeill Streets. It is an incredible 30,000 square feet mural and was the brainchild of artist Meg Saligman.
Once in a Millennium Moon mural reflects Shreveport's history
   Ms. Saligman is known as one of the pioneers in murals and the first to incorporate public figures in her murals. She also developed a unique technique that allowed members of our community to help paint this giant art project. The painting was laid out in a “paint by numbers” type of grid that was applied to sheets of plastic cloth. After the cloth was painted, it was floated in acrylic on the walls similar to how wallpaper is applied.
The girl with the orb side of Once in a Millennium Moon mural

   I remember back in 2001 when this project began. It was a really big deal. Literally! The artist and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council met with over 75 organizations and many individuals for ideas to include in this representation of our city’s history. They scoured history books and interviewed countless people. Once the design was finalized paint parties were held throughout the city. More than 40% of the mural was painted by the community. You can click to enlarge the photos below to read about the characters and more about what was involved in this magnificent mural. 
Information on the Once in a Millennium Moon mural

How to interpret the Once in a Millennium Moon mural
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  1. We are always fascinated by building murals!

  2. that is beautiful.... I wish we had such fabulous artists too who could do real wall art what covers the rude grafittis we have efurrywhere...

  3. That's really neat! I've been to Shreveport but it was many, many, many years ago!

    PS I got Dr.Harvey's supplement yesterday. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

  4. I luffs it...theres so much going on in it, I bet you see sumthingy new everytime you look at it
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Wow, isn't that something! The first thing I wondered was how they were able to do it, and that was really interesting. How long did it take them to actually complete it?
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  6. Wow that is gorgeous. Mom got a tad dizzy looking at it.
    She is a wee be jealous too she cannot draw a straight line with a ruler and she always colors outside the lines
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. Wow! That's an amazing mural! Way to be proud of your local history!

  8. How cool is that. Love seeing those murals
    Lily & Edward

  9. Wow! That mural is pretty amazing. We bet it looks even better in purrson.

  10. How beautiful!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Whoa...that is just one very cool mural!

  12. THAT is JAW DROPPING !!!
    We thought that seeing several of Wylan's WHALING Walls was somethingy... butt THIS is AMAZING.

  13. Wow, the Moon project is really beautiful! What a great thing for the city, I love when the community is invited to work on city projects.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  14. Wow! What an amazing and gorgeous mural! I love it!

  15. That is really cool! I really enjoy public art (when it is tasteful). It is a beautiful way to cover some boring walls. :)
    -Purrs from your friends at

  16. That's amazing! Thanks for sharing this, Melissa.

  17. That's really fascinating. I love the community involvement aspect. I wish more public art projects operated that way.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  18. WOW. What an amazing mural. I've never seen something like that before!

  19. OMD, that is SOOOOO BEAUTIFULS!!! I've never seen that before ~ what a FABulous idea! High paw to all the peeps who coordinated all that work! So breathtaking!
    Ruby ♥

  20. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this with us. Its always fun to see things from other parts of the country, or the world.

  21. 3 bum swings! 3 more!
    Pawsome post Bentley & Pierre!
    Pawfectly beautiful collective piece.
    We love to share dog art related posts on Fridays!
    What a wooftastic treat; thank you.

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia


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