Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tape Art Crew: Struan Ashby, Erica Duthie, Michael Townsend
In the spring of 1995 we were at an arts festival in OKC when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed. The arts festival was cancelled, but we remained in the city.
We drew in the hospital rooms of children pulled from the blast site and drew themes of recovery with students in elementary schools that were close enough to the explosion that their windows had blown out.
We were eventually invited by the city manager into the height of the rescue efforts - the Myriad Convention Center - where we created a mural on a wall adjacent to where rescue crews were entering and exiting the space to the blast site. We drew for the next 58 hours straight as rescue crews cycled through on 12-hour shifts.
The mural depicts an assembly line of people tying feathers onto frames to create wings they lash onto people's backs before lifting them into the air. Many of the rescue workers interpreted this as a representation of their work freeing people from the wreckage.
Tape Art National Tour
Tape Art Crew: Dave Hartley, Rob Coggshell, Erica Duthie, Michael Townsend, Struan Ashby
In 1995 Manco Tape sponsored a nation-wide Tape Art public art tour. In the period of six months we covered 29,000 miles, and did Tape Art projects in 40 states. When we arrived at each mural location we would draw for 24-hours straight, rest for 24-hours, remove the mural, and then get back in the car to head to the next location. Along the way we were also testing the potential for Tape Art as a social and educational medium. We worked with almost every population who could hold a roll of tape.
Below is a collection of pages from the tour book we created.