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Space For All Species Mural, USA

by Charley Harper
1964
 
 
Charley Harper’s first ever mural ‘Space For All Species’ is located in the John Weld Peck Federal Building at 550 Main St. in downtown Cincinnati. Completed in 1964 the design is comprised of two 18×10½ ft panels that feature over 100 species of North American Animals. The tiles were made by Cambridge Tile Company in Cincinnati, OH.
 
‘One challenge that my late father mentioned to me was devising a “line” of black to serve as the leg of an insect, which meant cutting a thin strip of black and placing it on the edge of a diagonally cut piece of tile.’ – Brett Harper
 
 
Special thanks to:
Todd Oldham and Tony Longoria
at Todd Oldham Studio
Brett Harper at Charley Harper Art Studio
and Faythe Levine
for providing images and information.
 
 

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Faythe Levine

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Faythe Levine

Image Courtesy of Faythe Levine

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Preparatory drawings by Charley Harper using squared paper to determine how to translate the animals into mosaics.
Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio

Image Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio
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