Lafayette, IND. (WFI) - The Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) is partnering with artists from all over to make downtown Lafayette a little brighter through graffiti mural artwork.
Executive Director of the TAF Tetia Lee says she and her colleagues have worked closely with community leaders to get the project off the ground.
And she knew the perfect artist to spearhead the project.
Meet Cameron Moberg, a graffiti artist who hails from San Francisco, California.
“Man it’s hot here,” he said with a laugh, referring to the hot and humid temperatures that we are all too familiar with here in the Hoosier state.
But he says it’s worth it to help put on Lafayette’s first mural festival.
“We have artists coming from all over the United States and even one from Argentina,” he said about the diversity of the team of artists working with the project. “We are just trying to bring art to the Wabash community.”
And this is something Moberg is an expert in.
He won Oxygen’s reality show Street Art Throwdown. After seeing him and his impactful work on the show, Lee reached out to him.
She brought him to Rensselaer and Fowler to work his artistic magic on the towns. He has even already done some work in downtown Lafayette near 4th and Ferry Street. You might recognize it as the colorful bird and elephant with an umbrella.
Moberg brought his family with him on this previous trip. And what happened to the family was the last thing anyone expected.
“We went to the ice cream shop in Rensselaer and the kids from the baseball team were out there so I would go out and watch them with my kids after I was done painting and at night we caught fireflies,” he reminisced with a smile. “All of this stuff was pretty new for me and my family and we just fell in love with Indiana.”
So there was no question when Lee asked him to come back to Indiana for the Wabash Walls project.
“Tetia and I were brainstorming and we were like, why don’t we bring a mural festival to community?” he said.
Graffiti has been a lifelong passion and career goal for Moberg.
“I believe there is so much power in mural work,” he said. “It has the power to transform communities and bring people together.”
Something Lee says is so important in smaller communities where every high school kid just wants to graduate and leave. She says the artwork causes them to have a connection to where they grew up.
Moberg believes the key to this connection is making sure the murals properly reflect the community. Moberg, Lee and Lafayette community members have worked hard brainstorming how the murals will reflect Lafayette.
“Every time I have done community art, they (community members) are so grateful,” he said. “Especially when you get them involved in the conversation of what is going up on the walls.”
Moberg and the TAF team will be working on about seven different locations, all generally along Wabash Avenue. They expect to be completed with the murals by August 18th. They are also planning a family friendly unveiling event on August 18th where they will have a bicycle tour of all the murals.
Click here for more information on the locations and how you can help with the project.