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A graffiti-and-rust covered storage shed behind Brown & Roberts Hardware in Brattleboro.

The Arts

Public art project transforms old storage shed into a fabulist mural

BRATTLEBORO—A collaboration between Epsilon Spires and Brown & Roberts Ace Hardware has transformed a metal storage shed in Brattleboro into a dynamic piece of public art.

Celestial Charting of a Wandering Line is the latest art project by Northampton, Mass., muralist Kim Carlino.

“The graffiti-covered metal storage shed in Brown & Roberts’ parking lot looked like the perfect place for downtown beautification,” Epsilon Spires Creative Director Jamie Mohr said in a news release. “I am grateful that Brown & Roberts Manager Ed Morse was game to donate the paint and allow Kim Carlino to create a piece of art.”

The storage shed, visible from Social Engagement, Epsilon Spire’s new event space at the First Baptist Church, now represents the visual narrative of a linear form that wanders and meanders across an imperfect surface, playfully encountering forms and improvising patterns.

“It’s a much more intriguing view out our window,” added Mohr.

Carlino describes herself as an “art interventionist” who uses the language of painting and drawing to improvise and intuitively build the composition of her murals.

Her work “employs shifts of scale, opticality, illusion, and disillusion of space to create a nonlinear construction of time, using abstraction as a metaphor for navigation between balance and imbalance,” according to the news release.

Epsilon Spires is the new nonprofit tasked with infusing new life into the old church building with performances, film, art and more. For more information, visit epsilonspires.org.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #523 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019). This story appeared on page B1.

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