Colorful, geometric collages in empty storefronts liven up Main Street
PRINCETON — Have you noticed the colorful, geometric collages in the empty storefront windows along Main Street?
Members of the Princeton Public Arts Commission have been busy this past month with one of their first projects, which is aimed to enliven the dark, empty storefront windows.
The project is simple, but is making quite an impact along the main drag.
Sallee Zearing and Chuck Major, two members of the commission, came up with the idea when brainstorming quick, easy projects that would bring attention to their group.
“We didn’t want to spend a lot of resources. … We didn’t want to put a lot of effort into something that might come down if the buildings were sold,” she said.
Their thought was that paper collages could make a big statement at minimal cost.
Vision Integrating Graphics of Bolingbrook donated pieces of scrap paper for the project, which Zearing cut into shapes for the collages. She and Major then used discounted paint from Walmart to add color.
Zearing said building owners gave approval for the commission to go in and create the collages, for which she expressed her gratitude.
“They have all been super gracious and very willing, which has been great,” she said.
Karen Kling, a member of the commission, said this project brings a sense of creativity and movement along Main Street.
“It’s something bright to draw people in,” she said. “Part of this is a great example of what volunteers can do.”
Kling is hopeful this venture will inspire others to think of more projects for the commission to collaborate on as they continue their mission to incorporate public arts into the area.
“We welcome any ideas from the community,” she said.
Learn more about the Princeton Public Arts Commission on their Facebook page or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.