The Art in Bartow mural "Under the Bridge" represents the four content areas of the arts taught in schools under the National Standard for The Arts - drama, dance, visual arts and music. Four Bartow local artists incorporated iconic Bartow County community images into iconic paintings by historically recognized artists then painted the mural. Ten school children were assisted by the artists to paint and learn the mural process. This mural could not have been possible without the support of our community vendors, sponsors, volunteers, Mayor and City Council.
DRAMA through realism
Edward Hopper (1882-1962) was widely known as the most important realist painter of twentieth century America. In reference to Hopper’s famous theater paintings, the long-time Director of Grand Theater, Don Kordecki (1931 to 2010) is shown on stage at the Grand Theater. He was instrumental in promoting Bartow community arts over several decades.
DANCE through pop and street art Neo-expressionism, Pop art, Street art, Contemporary art
Keith Haring (1958-1990) was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1900’s. Four of his iconic figures are represented with Bartow County’s four high school colors.
VISUAL ARTS through Impressionism (painting, drawing, sculpting and photography)
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was a post-impressionist painter. His famous painting Starry Night includes images of the 1903 Bartow County courthouse dome, and the Etowah Indian Mounds....even our trains get a nod.
MUSIC through cubism and abstract art
Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) famous painting, Three Musicians incorporates Western hats as a nod to Bartow’s nationally-recognized Booth Western Art Museum - a Smithsonian Affiliate. The depiction of a fiddle, guitar and base acknowledge the annual Bluegrass Festival.