Indianapolis native, Barb Stahl, is a well-known fine artist and muralist. For more than twenty years she has been dotting the city with her artwork, large and small. You might recognize her work from the larger-than-life Pacers schedule wall just outside of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
Recently, Barb created a mural that celebrates the rich history of Brownsburg and, at the same time, celebrates the future developments and growth. The mural can be seen at our Brownsburg location at 1280 N. Green Street. The project is part of a larger collaboration with the Arts Council of Indianapolis – the Every Part Matters Mural Project.
The town of Brownsburg has seen numerous changes and developments in recent years. To create space for new buildings and businesses, the community had to say goodbye to some well-known landmarks, like the old St. Malachy church.
While brainstorming for this project the word “Develop” was used so frequently that it actually became the main focus of the mural.
“The word “develop” stood out to me,” said mural artist, Barb Stahl. “When I was in college we studied photography in the darkroom and I thought about how the developing trays could show off historic landmarks without doing a classic photo college.”
Before the mural design could be completed, Barb had to do her research. She headed to the state library to get some real-life photo inspiration. She spent about 20-25 hours researching and designing the mural.
In the completed mural design, the developed photos represent the past and present: the Malachy church, the little league, an old train, and numerous other tributes to Brownsburg. Below, the developing trays are showing a glimpse of the future: the redeveloped Green Street and more future projects.
Barb wanted the mural to be painted with detail so she opted to paint it in her studio on a large piece of Dibond. The 8’ x 20’ piece of aluminum took up the entire back wall of her studio. The whole mural took about a gallon of primer and eight quarts of different colors of paint.