What Do You Think of the Fishmarket Mural?

It's the first effort of the new Phoenixville Mural Arts Movement.

With painting on the Barto Pool mural finished—efforts wrapped over the weekend, though the painting still needs an acrylic hardcoat—we were wondering what borough residents think about the inaugural project.

Do you love it, loathe it, or have a better idea for the next one? Tell us in the comments below. 

Kim Souder August 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I think it looks fabulous!
Phoenixville Mural Arts Movement August 30, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Thanks for the write up on our latest ( and first ) project. We look forward to hearing input from the community! Anybody who wishes to get involved can contact us at info@phoenixvillemurals.org or visit our facebook page, which you can get to right away via http://phoenixvillemurals.org
christy myers baxter August 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
thank YOU, phoenixville mural arts movement, for bringing such positive and colorful change to the area! can't wait to see what's next!
Ramona Moreland August 30, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I love this! It's different, that's for sure, but I'll be the majority of people will see it as a positive thing. Way to go, Barto Family!
Bob Domarasky August 30, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I think the next one should be a painting of something of Phoenixville from years past! We have alot of history here in Phoenixville and woul dlove to see that replicate din a mural such as the on eat Main and Bridge. Keep the history of Phoenixville alive.
Chris Dyer August 30, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I think it looks great! Very nic job Phoenixville Mural Arts Movement!!
Laura Schwartz August 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Whimsical art that should bring a smile to those who view it. Great work, Phoenixville Mural Arts Movement!
Stephanie August 30, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I would love to help paint! how can I get involved?!
Joan Moore August 30, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I especially love the big boobed lady...so funny!
brian james August 31, 2012 at 02:06 AM
The mural is so Cheech Wizard / Vaughn Bode. Love it.
LocalGirl August 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
AMAZING!!! Thank you to Joe Varady, all his volunteers, and the Art Mural Movement!
LocalGirl August 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Joe Varady and his volunteers get all the credit! But thanks, Ramona!
Elliot September 01, 2012 at 07:21 AM
It's wonderful that more art is being made in Phoenixville! ... however this particular style is really tacky to me. I suggest all murals should be created patiently and able to satisfy every taste of style, because the potential for graffiti artists ("vandals") to enjoy the murals is certainly there... but we must paint gorgeous impressive paintings (or else the taggers are presumably going to vandalize the cheap murals). All I desire is that the art be more meaningful, as it is a beautiful opportunity to represent the all-encompassed good within the town.
AHueG September 01, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Ha o god I had to comment because ElliOt, on what planet will everyone's style and taste be satisfied. I'm sorry but that's just horribly misguided and naive. There is no building ever built that satisfie every style. Parisians hated the Effile Tower for the first 50 years. What makes you think that art - ART!- one of the mos personal things ever could some how magically satisfy everyone? But tacky? I think you mean "fun" or "youthful" or even "cartoony".... Otherwise your killing the whole idea of public art with your absurd expectations. O and hate to tell you but vandals hurt murals regardless of whether they are quick or if they take years. Because vandals aren't art ctitics, they're destructive personalities who like doing something to be noticed.
JH September 01, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Haters are gonna hate. That building has been an eyesore and the mural arts program took a lot of time and effort to make it beautiful. While art is subjective and everyone has their preference, but the warmth that comes out from mural art absolutely makes a long term impact in reviving a location. As a resident who drives past it everyday going to work, I hated looking at it before and I'm thrilled at the results. There are so many great things that come out of art and I think the mural arts program is going to make many positive impacts on Phoenixville. Great job and keep up the amazing work.
David Curran September 01, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I like it, and I applaud all who were associated with it.
Elliot September 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I appreciate all art. It makes me happy. There is so much work put into the process of planning these murals that I'm simply suggesting why not be alittle more patient so as to fully conquer the potential of that space (it's the first thing people see when entering the town). These murals truly could inspire so many people! The opportunity to teach and pose curiosity with art is marvelous. You made the decision to respond and express your ideas which is appreciated, but the impact was never fully achieved; I would value your response so much more if you put that extra minute to finalize the overall appearance and language used. I only comment because I really care about murals and creativity in Phoenixville. I think we can do better and I will always critique things and in-turn appreciate all critiques received (I sincerely thank you for responding and engaging me in conversation).
CL October 04, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Looks so much better than it did unpainted! A nice addition to that area.


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