Bliss is responsible for two of Indy's new murals in the 46 For XLVI project. One of these, her monumental
portrait of native son and American literary master Kurt Vonnegut on
Massachusetts Avenue, just west of Alabama Street, already shows potential to
become what every work of public art aspires to be: a local icon.
from San Francisco were walking by while I was working on it and said, 'Hey!
That's Kurt Vonnegut!'" Bliss says. Couples are reportedly having their
photographs taken in front of Bliss' portrait.
sees her work — and the 46 For XLVI mural project — as being in a
direct line of descent from the murals created through the Works Progress
Administration during the Great Depression.
Franklin D.) Roosevelt tried to get the economy going by employing different
categories of the workfield, and the arts was one of them," she says. "I feel
like I'm part of that."
who has another mural depicting such Indianapolis jazz greats as Wes Montgomery
and Freddie Hubbard on the Musicians Repair and Sales Store on Capitol,
believes murals enhance the community. "People tend to fall in love with
murals. I've painted a few murals over in Wayne County and people get really
attached to them, especially if they see them in progress. They come by and
they feel they're a part of it. Instead of painting in a studio and you hang it
on a wall, people are actually being a part of the experience. Their hands
aren't putting it on the wall, but they are experiencing it and that's why they
get attached to it."
says the mural project has put Indianapolis on the map. "It's already become
historic. Just like the WPA murals — they were created for a reason
and, one of these days, all of these murals, as a whole, will be known in
history as the Super Bowl murals."