For the third year in a row, The Avenue Concept has chosen a 2-D Resident Local Artist to bring new life to a piece of Providence history that has fallen into disrepair. All that’s left of the historic Providence National Bank is the crumbling facade that still stands at Weybosset Street. Where some might have seen an eyesore, we saw a canvas for local artists.
Starting in 2016, we worked with the Providence National Bank’s owner, Paolino Properties, to launch a revolving mural project that would commission a different local artist to paint there each year. The first was Philippe Lejeune. Last year, Providence legend Umberto Crenca put his own stamp on the building’s former windows. Now, 2018 2-D Resident Sam White will continue the tradition with his own large-scale work.
Preparations for the mural will begin on Sunday, August 27, the same day that internationally-renowned muralist Gaia starts his own work at Custom House Street, and will continue into early September. We can’t reveal too much about Sam’s plans yet, but we will tell you that the piece is called Party Shark – Seals Galore. If you’ve ever seen his Octopus Song at The Dean Hotel (pictured), then you might have some idea of what’s to come.
We encourage visitors to stop by while the work is in progress to see art in action. Let’s get this party (shark) started, y’all.