WIM: THE UPSIDEDOWN MURAL
Located in the Fred
Rogers Center, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Click on units for larger image &
2008, RV, all rights
THE FRED ROGERS CENTER
Established at Saint
Vincent College in 2003 it serves as a national and international
resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children and
families. The photo to the left shows the Center's new
building nearing completion in May 2008. Opening to the public in
the fall of 2008, the building includes state of the art facilities
for housing the complete archives of the late Fred Rogers, creator
of the well known TV show "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood".
||WIM: THE UPSIDEDOWN
Inside the main entrance of this impressive center the
Upsidedown Mural rises two stories. This project, based on
pen and ink drawings created by Roman Verostko in the early 1970ís, draws on the same
core of whimsical drawings he presents in his
For this project, Roman
scanned his original drawings at a very high resolution. Then he
carefully retouched and scaled each image into working digital
files. With these he composed fanciful groupings for 11 large panels
scaled precisely for the wall.
For the rationale &
artistic motives underlying the images in this project see:
History & Rationale
The original drawings: Most of
the originals were drawn with pen and ink in a 9" by 12" format on
Strathmore Bristol 500. Other drawing series such as a 1970's
Christmas card series varied in size. The original drawing for
the group with blasting horns, top center unit on the image to
the left, measures 40" in length. Conceived as a mural for a school
of music the original drawing now hangs in the executive offices of
the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, Minnesota.
The individual units:
and upper units vary in sizes approaching 4 ft by 8 ft.each. Each
unit was printed from a digital file using carbon based inks on rag
paper. The prints were hot mounted with UV filter plexi over a 1/8"
Sintra support. All scanning, digital editing, and composing was
done by the artist in his home studio.
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