For those of you who are members of TAEA, the featured artist in the current
issue of the association journal is Richard Haas. Although the article is
more about a mural in Fort Worth, it does give insight into his processes
for designing all of his murals.
Richard has had concerns about the Miami mural for a couple of years. He
knew it was going to be demolished to make way for "progress" at the hotel.
When similar talk of demolishing the building where one of his Fort Worth
murals is located, several proposals were made to keep it. One suggestion
was that the building be taken apart brick by brick, numbered, and
reassembled. Too bad that the Miami mural didn't have similar options.
Lucky for us that the Fort Worth building was spared. The building itself
is historic, so maybe progress will bypass us for a while.
If you are ever in Fort Worth, Richard has three murals here. One is easy
to overlook because it completely covers an entire building ... the facade
of the Tarrant County Courthouse Annex, painted to blend in with the
19th-century courthouse next door. This is on his website and worth looking
at. Another mural is actually a set of smaller storefront murals painted to
look as if they are businesses from the late 1800s. The third is on the
building I mentioned and is a cattle drive image. What is remarkable about
the last two murals is that Richard has painted architectural features that
are so lifelike that only the closest observers realize that they are not
looking at windows, bricks, and architectural ornamentation.
The video, "Painting the Town," shows the Miami mural when it was brand new.
You can also see many of Richard's murals in the books he has written. The
most recent is "The City is My Canvas."