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.
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.
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.
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