Visitors at a recent tour of the American Mural Project. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Visitors at a recent tour of the American Mural Project. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
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WINSTED — The American Mural Project (AMP), located at 90 Whiting Street, will be giving tours on Thursdays of its mural installation in August.
The tours on Aug. 12, Aug. 19, and Aug. 26, will start at 5:30 p.m. and last for 45 minutes.
AMP founder and Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck calls it “the largest collaborative piece of artwork in the world — a mural that is 120 feet long, 48 feet high, and 10 feet deep.”
The mural is being constructed in two former industrial buildings in downtown Winsted.
Griesedieck describes the mural as a “tribute to American workers that highlights what has defined the country over the last century.”
There is an educational component to the project; Griesedieck estimates that by next year, more than 10,000 students from all 50 states will have worked on the mural.
Running parallel to the work on the mural is the reconstruction and renovation work on the two mill buildings, one of which will hold the artwork and one of which will be a visitors’ center.
“It’s not completed yet, but it’s getting there,” AMP Executive Director Amy Wynn said at a recent tour. “It is 80 percent complete. These people that you see throughout the mural are real people. They are not generic people. Ellen Griesedieck was inspired by any and all work. Each piece of art tells a story.”
For more information and to register for a tour go to americanmuralproject.org

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