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Lynn Mural Project: Stories of Lynn   |   Union Square History Murals   |   All Politics Is Local: The Tip O\'Neill Story   |   The Story of Westfield   |   Amherst Community History Mural   |   The Port Story   |   Wayne History Mural   |   Beverly History Mural   |   The Freedom Quilt Mural   |   Sanctuary - The Spirit of Harriet Tubman   |   Governor\'s Academy Mural   |   Bread and Roses Mural 1986   |   J.F.K. Crossing Mural   |   Seminole Peace Mural
Lynn Mural Project: Stories of Lynn
   50 ft. X 60 ft.   Lynn, Massachusetts    [Acrylic paint and mosaic]
The Lynn Mural Project was a collaborative effort of David Fichter, Yetti Frenkel and Joshua Winer. The mural was created in two phases. During the phase one, the artists worked with students from the Lynn middle and high schools to create a mosaic arch about Lynn today from the youth perspective. During phase two, the artists painted the history of Lynn, focusing on stories and people representing the creative spirit of the city. The project was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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Stories of Lynn Mural is on the side of the Lynn Arts Building in downtown Central Square. On a monumental scale it illustrates the history of Lynn, combining large scale painted historical figures with intimate mosaic panels of life in Lynn today seen through the eyes of its youth.
Union Square History Murals
   7 murals, each measuring 6ft. X 6ft. or 6ft. X 7ft.   70 Prospect Street, Somerville MA    [Acrylic paint on aluminum panels]
"The Union Square History Murals" are located on the southern edge of Union Square in Somerville. They were commissioned by the developer of a new triangular shaped building for the ground level. The seven mini murals narrate the history of Union Square from its important role in the early history of the American Revolution to today. One panel highlights the period after the Civil War, when the Union Glass Company (located across the street from the murals)was the largest employer in Somerville. There are also mural panels that focus on the history of immigrants to the area of Union Square, including from Portugal, Italy, Greece, Central America, Nepal and Haiti.
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All Politics Is Local: The Tip O'Neill Story
   12 ft. X 36 ft.   O'Neill Branch Library, North Cambridge, MA    [Acrylic paint on MDO panels]
The Tip O'Neill Mural: This mural was designed and painted by David Fichter and Joshua Winer to commemorate the 100th birthday of Tip O'Neill. It is installed on the side of the O'Neill Branch Library in North Cambridge near where Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill grew up. It was unveiled on December 9th, the 100th birthday of the Speaker.
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The Story of Westfield
   7 ft. X 44 ft.   Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield MA.    [Acrylic on 11 MDO panels]
"The Story of Westfield" was commissioned by the Westfield Athenaeum and is installed in the library's reference room. It is an historical mural, that highlights the history of the athenaeum while interweaving images of some of the people, places, and activities that are important in the town's rich history. Approximately a year was spent researching the town's history and creating a complex design that depicts the history in a geographical layout, with the town green and library at the center.
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Amherst Community History Mural
   16' by 150'   West Cemetery in Amherst, MA    [acrylic on block wall]
This mural is unusually located on the back of a long building bordering on an historic cemetery where the illustrious poet Emily Dickinson is buried. The mural tells the history of the town of Amherst. Although it covers the entire history of the town, it focuses on the lives and times of people buried in the West Cemetery. A number of those people are painted larger than life, calmly looking out at the viewer standing in the cemetery, while behind them one can see the changing panorama of Amherst's history.
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The Port Story
   17' X 43'   Hampshire St., Cambridge MA    [Acrylic paint on MDO panels]
This mural is installed on the corner of Portland and Hampshire streets in the Port ( Area 4) in Cambridge. It illustrates the rich history of the Port, which is known for its social reformers like Margaret Fuller, Clement Morgan, and William Lloyd Garrison as well as its technology and inventors like Elias Howe who invented the sewing machine.
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Wayne History Mural
   27' X150'   State Wayne Theater, Wayne, Michigan    [Acrylic on brick]
The City of Wayne Michigan commissioned artists David Fichter and Joshua Winer to design and paint this historical mural to inaugurate
their new mural initiative on the wall of the art deco movie theater on Michigan Ave. The mural celebrates the history of Wayne, using the theme of transportation to connect different periods in city's unique history.
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Beverly History Mural
   15ft.X 40ft.   Shore Country Day School, Beverly, MA    [Acrylic on interior wall.]
The Shore Country Day School commissioned David Fichter and Joshua Winer to research, design and paint this panoramic history of the town of Beverly, MA in the school library. The mural covers the history starting with the first naval battle of the American Revolution up to the present, making connections with the history of the school. Rotating around the central seal of Beverly are historical characters who lived in Beverly during different periods of time.
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The Freedom Quilt Mural
   30 ft. X 60 ft.   American Friend Service Committee Building, Atlanta, Georgia    [Acrylic on stucco]
In 1988, the Democratic Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia and I was invited to create a mural timed to the convention by local activists. The wall was located on the outside of the American Friends Service Committee building, so I chose the theme of nonviolent social change in American history. I came up with the concept of a giant quilt being sewn together by many different hands to represent my theme. I got the idea from a quote by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who ran for President that year. “America is not like a blanket, one piece of unbroken cloth. America is more like a quilt, many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven together by a common thread.” The quilt mural depicts images from the Civil Rights movement, including Fannie Lou Hamer and Dr. Martin Luther King, but it also include earlier practitioners of nonviolent resistance, like Gandhi, Harriet Tubman and Lucretia Mott.
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Sanctuary - The Spirit of Harriet Tubman
   20 ft. X 15 ft. and doors   The Arts Exchange, Paul Robeson Theater, Atlanta, Georgia    [Acrylic on stucco and on metal doors]
In conjunction with a theatrical production of "The Underground Railway Theater" called "Sanctuary, the Spirit of Harriet Tubman", I was commissioned to paint a mural based on the same themes. I had created a poster for the production which I used as the basis for my mural design, linking the Sanctuary movement of the 1980's with that of the Underground Railway in the period before the Civil War. In addition I painted portraits on the doors of theater artists who worked for social justice, including Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, and Florence Reece.
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Governor's Academy Mural
   22 ft. high X 20 ft, wide   Governor's Academy, Carl A. Pescosolido Library, Ipswich, M    [Acrylic on interior wall.]
This mural was commissioned in 2012 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the academy, which is the oldest private school in the country. The mural was created by David Fichter and Joshua Winer and colorfully blends the Academy's rich traditions, historical figures, and natural surroundings providing a glimpse of student life through the years.
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Bread and Roses Mural 1986
   17 ft. X 50 ft.   Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, 150 Park St., Lawrenc    [Acrylic Paint on brick wall ]
"The Bread and Roses Mural" is located on the front of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence. The title refers to a famous strike in the Lawrence textile mills in 1912, when immigrant workers went on strike for higher pay, safer working conditions, and shorter hours. The success of this strike changed the history of the country with regards to workers rights, leading to the ending of child labor. The mural is bisected by a doorway, which effectively created two walls. On the right side, the mural tells the story of the 1912 strike and early history of immigration to Lawrence primarily from Europe. The left side depicts immigration from the 1950's to the present, primarily from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
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J.F.K. Crossing Mural
   13' X 45'   Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts    [1995 Acrylic on brick]
The J.F.K. Crossing Mural (also know as the Gum Wall Mural, because students on their way to school would leave their chewing gum on the corner of the wall) was commissioned, along with four other murals, by local business leaders as part of an effort to transform and beautify the street landscape. The mural depicts the history of the neighborhood where John F. Kennedy grew up. Neighborhood people are depicted crossing the street with the President at the center of the mural, with the Devotion School in the background. William Dawes. one of three riders who warned the residents of Lexington and Concord of the British march, road by this location in 1775 and features prominently in the mural imagery. Brigadier Lord Percy, whose backup troops relieved the British at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, is also depicted traveling the same route.
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Seminole Peace Mural
   9 ft, X 38 ft. (irregular with cutouts)   Seminole Ave., Little 5 Points, Atlanta, GA    [Acrylic paint on stucco.]
"The Seminole Peace Mural" tells the story of non violent resistance to the use and spread of nuclear weapons. It begins on the far left side, with images from the early creation of nuclear weapons and the effort to prevent their use by some of the scientists like Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein. It depicts the dropping of nuclear bombs on Japanese cities and the 1950's peace movements that fought nuclear testing. There are portraits of Dorthy Day, Bayard Rustin, Peace Pilgrim and others who organized against the weapons. On the right side there is an image of the Berrigan Brothers (Catholic priests) and others from the Ploughshares Movement, who in the 1980's illegally trespassed onto the General Electric Nuclear Missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where they damaged nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files.
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Lynn Mural Project: Stories of Lynn   |   Union Square History Murals   |   All Politics Is Local: The Tip O'Neill Story   |   The Story of Westfield   |   Amherst Community History Mural   |   The Port Story   |   Wayne History Mural   |   Beverly History Mural   |   The Freedom Quilt Mural   |   Sanctuary - The Spirit of Harriet Tubman   |   Governor's Academy Mural   |   Bread and Roses Mural 1986   |   J.F.K. Crossing Mural   |   Seminole Peace Mural
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