Swillburg Historic Mural Project
Location: Pembroke Street, Rochester NY
The Art & History Project was funded by a grant through the Arts and Cultural Council’s Culture Builds Communities Grants Program. It was conceived by the Swillburg Neighborhood Association as a public project to depict and celebrate significant moments in the neighborhood’s history through a 5 panel structure.
The mural reaches back over time, spanning centuries, starting with the original creation myth of the native Iroquois and extending through the early years of the Erie Canal and subway to the present day. Drawing up the archeological record, native art and myth and historical photography, each panel depicts an important period in the Swillburg area.
The pig motif, which appears in relief in each panel, serves as a unifying symbol of the state of the neighborhood, from early American homestead to its current status as an urban neighborhood in map form. Bright contrasting colors and stylized figures and images create a visually dynamic tapestry of the Swillburg neighborhood, capturing the vitality, energy and diversity of the neighborhood itself.