Title: Monuments in the Sky [Study for the 1987 Acton Music Center 10 1/2 foot x 25 foot Mural]
Media: Painting in Designer's Gouache on Strathmore illustration board
Size: 45 in. in. x 24 in.
Original Available (y/n): [Yes]
Available Format(s): Original Piece
Year of Completion: May, 1987
Catalog No.: 87E-1
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Written May 20, 1987 for THE CONCORD JOURNAL
[edited by Danial Rose, (the son of Harold Kasnitz)
who played some of his original music at the unveiling cerimony]
Bradley Mural Unveiling
Sunday, June 7th, 1987
On Sunday, June 7 a mural 25 feet long and 10 feet high
entitled "MONUMENTS OF THE SKY" will be unveiled for public
viewing at the Acton Music Center on Route 27 in West Acton. As a
part of recent major interior renovations at the Music Center, the
commissioning of this mural was given three months ago to the
artist Charles E. Bradley by Ken LaCostes, owner and director
of Acton Music.
Mr. Bradley, 38 who paints the mural alone, has never
undertaken this kind of project before. "Chip" is a resident of
Lowell and workes a full-time job at Spice and Grain in Concord.
"It is truly one of the most exciting and exhausing
experiences I think I've ever had. There were times when I could
not hold the brush any longer and I'd have to lie down to sleep.
Once I woke with my palette on my chest realizing I had just been
having a dream. I had to laugh at how tired I was then.
Despite the 40 additional hours Mr. Bradley had been putting
in on the mural since April 6th, he still feels both privilidged
and pleased with how the job is going.
Without revealing the secret of the mural's subject matter,
it may simply be said that it has quite a striking and powerful
array of real and, at times, abstract images. The scene which is
in a three-dimentional perspective, evokes a feeling of serenity
and power by compining forceful images from both Nature and Man.
The acrylic painting is entirely from the artist's imagination,
yet it has also incorporated certain rather interesting and
delightful requests by Ken.
The accepted Late-February mural design was first painted on
a 30" x 40" illustration board using "gouache" (pronounced 'gwash')
an opaque watercolor most often used by Charles in his other
After completing the 1/8 scale original painting, the artist
then gridded the wall every inch with a vertical and horizontal
line. This second step took six days.
The third stage in the murals development, taking three weeks
to complete, involved the expansion of the original painting by a
factor of eight, and then transferring this larger version of the
drawing onto the wall.
The fourth and final stage, taking five weeks, involved the
actual painting. Although still in progress, Chip thinks now that
he may actually be painting the night before the unveiling, but he
promises to finish on time.
It might be noted that original "New Age" music compositions
by William Cronin and Danial Rose will be played at the unveiling
ceremony. Chip will also have on exhibit several additional
paintings, several of which will be for sale. The artist has
exhibited works at the Gallery On The Green in Lexington as well
as in several Science Fiction Art Conventions in Philidelphia, New
York, and here in Boston.