When I returned to my hometown for a visit in the summer of 2009, I was appalled to discover a developer was
demolishing the old American Thread factory. This factory was-- for the majority of the 20th century--the industrial
center of town. It provided jobs for thousands of locals and thread for the whole southeast. It finally shutdown in the
80's and became a warehouse for almost three decades, and now it was being destroyed.
Realizing an opportunity, my friend Joe and I decided to paint a mural on one of the interior walls that was now an
exterior wall by the cover of night. We got a single bucket of red paint and set out to make a minimal painting that
spoke to the industrial nature of the space. We wanted the painting to seem as if it belonged in the space. Strangely
the city was able to stop the developer a week later, and the mural remained for an entire year before it was
inevitably destroyed. Lost in the rubble of an industrious past.
View additional images of the mural HERE.