Fabric of Nature and Industry Mural

National search secures muralists for UMass
May 06, 2015 - 8:29 PM
DARTMOUTH — There are some bright splashes
of color coming to brighten up some concrete walls
on campus.

West coast artists Angelina Marino Heidel and Joel
Heidel of Marino Heidel Studios have been chosen
for the UMass Dartmouth Mural Art Project after a
national call for artists by the Living Gallery project
committee in January, officials stated in a news

The winning artists made a digital presentation
Tuesday at the College of Visual & Performing Arts
Campus Gallery, presenting a mock-up of the
colorful mural that uses postmodern industrial deco
imagery. The 48 by 12 feet mural will be installed
outdoors on a very visible, west-facing facade of
the Campus Center, the release stated.

The design contemplates the environmental
consequences of industry and connects to the
history of UMass Dartmouth in the context of
textiles and fabric design. It will use 56 custom
mixed colors in addition to black and white. The
influences include factories, gears, rivers and global
warming. A canary in the corner is a reference to all
creatures and their survival, the release stated.

“The mural expresses concern about global
warming through intense color usage,” Angelina
Heidel said in the release. “Time is an important
element of the work. It speaks of time through use
of flowing movement and shadow. With time it is
possible to change course, reconstruct and resolve
issues. This piece is about the possible harmony of
industry and nature.”

The mural is the latest initiative in the Living Gallery
Project launched by Chancellor Divina Grossman to
reimagine the Brutalist campus as an artistic and
architectural destination. Her vision began to unfold
last year with the installation of "Gerry's Window," a
stone and steel piece by CVPA alumnus Ron
Rudnicki. Other projects include the blue and gold
lighting of the Robert Karam Campanile, hanging
gardens off terraces, and a whale mural on campus.

— Auditi Guha