Wyland had his turn, time to help other artists
New London is a city with an abundance of talented young artists that receive little financial support and have few opportunities to create public works. And while we should welcome the preservation of existing works, we might question a decision to spend $275,000 to restore the Wyland mural, “Wyland returning to New London to restore downtown mural,” (Jan. 22).
This money could fund 24 young artists to create dozens of fresh murals that would attract more artists and visitors, help local businesses, and create jobs - which is how many cities have been revitalized.
Most importantly, it would be a chance to bring challenging art to educate the public and enrich our lives.
Everyone mentioned in the article seems to have the best of intentions: Rich Martin for the initial inquiry, Mayor Passero and Mr. Reyes for wishing to engage the public, and Robert Wyland for donating art that brings attention to environmental issues.
Wyland has created over 100 similar murals around the world. By any standard he has had enormous exposure and opportunity to express his artistry. Other artists, particularly young artists, should have opportunities as well.
A $25k donation could be made to the foundation, and there would still be enough money to transform the city with 20+ new murals!
Professor Emeritus, Mural Painting
Central CT State University