City Mosaics project in Springfield could turn the look of the city around: Editorial The Republican EditorialsBy The Republican Editorials on November 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM, updated November 25, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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City Mosaics project in Springfield could turn the look of the city around: Editorial

Call them the dynamic trio.

Mike "The Eraser" Cass, Springfield developer Evan Plotkin and art professor John Simpson are teaming up to literally paint the town. Cass is a city employee charged with removing graffiti from city buildings.

Through the work of Cass and Plotkin, Simpson's works adorn Court Square in the center of Springfield. The larger-than-life portraits of larger-than-life people are painted on the plywood used to board up a vacant hotel on Court Square. The plan is to continue the trend, reclaiming the facades of vacant buildings with new public arts projects throughout Springfield.

The three have formed a group, City Mosaic, to promote public art in the city. These three lemonade makers are turning trash into treasure, reclaiming eyesores and turning them into points of interest. What a positive, visionary, reimagining of Springfield.

The plan is to take down Simpson's collection of portraits and auction them in order to fuel the arts program. However, Simpson's "exhibit" is worth viewing on Court Square for its effect as a whole as well as for the artistry in each portrait.

Plotkin would like to light the exhibit, partly in order to protect it. Thus far, though, the exhibit has proven immune to the hands of vandals.

And that speaks volumes to the efficacy of the concept of City Mosaic.

Let the paintings begin.