New Mural On Ship Street

We have a new addition to our city’s mural collection: Nationally-recognized artist Brian Butler of The Upper Hand Art has woven together an engaging tangle of local references and icons for the viewer to deconstruct (although I’ve heard that this blue bug isn’t the blue bug). Butler was the disciplined hand behind Show Drawn, drawings made in a sketchbook during music shows, and his work has been before our eyes ever since. From The Avenue Concept:

Butler was invited to create the work as part of TAC’s residency program, and the mural will serve as an iconic addition to the Providence cityscape and community. The state of Rhode Island inspired Butler’s mural design. He spent a great deal of time in RI as a teenager and has loved the biggest little state ever since. The mural highlights the great outdoors while also including hidden references about RI culture and history.

His work may well look familiar. From an earlier interview:

Brian Butler is an artist and illustrator currently living in Miami, FL. He got his start while he was a student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he was known for designing concert flyers. In the seven years since he graduated, he has accumulated an extensive client list (Vans, Converse, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Wu Tang Clan, Live Nation, etc) and worked on a variety of projects (everything from creating murals and illustrations to customizing shoes and designing t-shirts).

I like this mural a lot, but I couldn’t get a long shot of the entire work because there were cars in the parking lot (the nerve). The wall can be accessed through a gate on Ship Street or from the Clifford Street side. I spotted the Burning of the Gaspee and the Cranston Street Armory, and Hope.

The mural is on the back of Thames & Kosmos, a game and toy company on Ship Street.

89 Ship Street, (directions)


The lobster roll I get . . . the gorilla I’m not so sure. This additional work is tucked under the canopy of a rear entrance.


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