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Phantom City Mural



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Dennis McGonagle and his partner, Tyler Kinnaman, have completed work on their latest mural, a 300 square foot scene of Broadway Lights on the stage of the auditorium at Fairgrove Academy, which is a parent choice school for the visual and performing arts and technology in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. The mural was commissioned by the school's principal, Penny Fraumeini, who wanted a backdrop for the school's upcoming play, Broadway Lights. Unlike most stage backdrops, this mural will become a permanent fixture in the school.
Mcgonagle is running with the idea of Broadway lights. "I think of the historic nickname of the Broadway theatre district, which is "The great white way", said McGonagle.
"My mural has a strong dark light contrast. The brightest lights emerge from the darkness of the midnight sky. I also contrast warm and cool, and very close and very far. I want this wall to be exciting and inspirational for the students and teachers of Fairgrove." McGonagle is drawing further inspiration from The Phantom City parable in the Lotus Sutra. In the parable, a fabulous city is created by the leader of a caravan who is guiding exhausted travelers on a journey across time and space. When the travelers have been rested and refreshed, the leader waves his hand and the city disappears.
The Fairgrove mural was painted on Saturdays in February, 2010 and completed on February 27th, 2010. The pair of mural painters plans on inviting a team of artists to assist and collaborate with them beginning in mid-February. "Once the lines are blocked in, we're bringing in an all-star team of painters to help us", Mcgonagle declared during the murals creation. "The eneregy level of this mural will be off the charts".



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