Over the last century, mural painting has become an increasingly prominent fixture within the urban landscape. Decorating the walls of urban streets throughout American cities, mural paintings can be considered powerful tools within urban communities because of their ability to create place through inspiring meaningful relationships between populations and space, represent marginalized populations and provide a means for expression for communities. Using the case studies of Northeast Minneapolis, the West Side of Saint Paul, and Lake Street, this paper examines the purpose of mural artwork within urban communities, focusing on spatial and contextual analysis to determine the impact of this highly accessible form of public art on varying types of communities.
Hlavsa, Lora Marie P., "The Painted City: Public Art, Placemaking, and Communities in the Twin Cities" (2013). Geography Honors Projects. Paper 36.
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