New mural to bloom in Rochester Municipal Park this summer

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 26, 2022

 The Rochester City Beautiful Commission has commissioned Detroit artist Louise Jones to paint Rochester’s second permanent mural, which will feature pollinators among a garden of brightly colored, oversized flowers. The new mural will be painted on the plain white wall of the groundskeeper building in the Rochester Municipal Park this summer.

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission has commissioned Detroit artist Louise Jones to paint Rochester’s second permanent mural, which will feature pollinators among a garden of brightly colored, oversized flowers. The new mural will be painted on the plain white wall of the groundskeeper building in the Rochester Municipal Park this summer.

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ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester’s second permanent mural will be painted in Rochester Municipal Park this summer.

Designed by Detroit artist Louise Jones, the public art will feature pollinators like butterflies and bees among a garden of brightly colored, oversized flowers. It will be painted on the plain white wall of the groundskeeper building in the park.

“The subject of the mural is native plants and pollinators, reflecting our initiatives through the year — including a native plant garden and the Rochester Pollinators initiatives, a subcommittee of our commission,” said Rochester City Beautiful Commission Chair Rachel Williams. “Within the piece, you will see a swallowtail, a monarch butterfly, a hummingbird moth, bees and native plants, including purple coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.”

Jones was commissioned to paint the mural by the Rochester City Beautiful Commission.

CBC Chair Rachel Williams said Jones was chosen by the CBC from a list provided by the Detroit Institute of Arts in partnership with the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. 

“She is best known for her large-scale floral mural installations, which can be seen in public spaces throughout the United States, from museums to public parks. The murals often depict site-specific plants and animals, and the techniques are uniquely informed by her education in drawing and printmaking,” Williams explained.

The City Beautiful Commission allotted $10,000 for the project — $8,000 from its budget, with the intention of raising the additional $2,000 via fundraisers and grants. The commission held a dog wash fundraiser this summer that raised $600, and it raised another $200-$300 at downtown Rochester’s Junk in the Trunk event. Most recently, the commission received a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester for the mural.

“We’re missing just a couple hundred dollars,” Williams said. “We hope to put the mural rendering by the wall that it will be painted on, with an opportunity for the community to view it and start getting excited, as well as donate to a crowdfunding campaign.” 

Rochester City Councilwoman Amanda Harrison voiced her support for the CBC project.

“This team has put so much work and effort into creating this, and I’m really excited to see it come to fruition,” she said. 

The new mural will be one of two permanent installations in the city. 

“Coincidentally, this piece will tie in well with the new mural on Main Street that also focuses on the environment and depicts species native to this area and a monarch butterfly,” Williams explained.

Rochester’s first permanent mural, “Ecology Triptych,” by Jake Dwyer, was unveiled this fall on South Main Street in downtown Rochester, between Annie’s Beauty Corner Nails and Goodyear Auto Service. The mural was a collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts, DTE Energy, the Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the Rochester DDA through the Partners in Public Art Program.

Jennifer Whitteaker, the regional manager for Oakland County for DTE Energy’s corporate and government affairs, said art is an integral element in bringing a community together. 

“We were proud to offer the DTE Substation on Main Street as the blank canvas for the first public art mural in the city of Rochester,” she said in a statement.

For more information about mural artist Louise Jones, visit ouizi.art/ouizimural.

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