Industrial Riggers installed a public art project made of small tile pieces last week on the side of a building on South Main Street in Waterbury. The actual design of the project has been shrouded in secrecy, but for a few hours last week, during the installation, the design was visible to anyone who walked or drove past the project. The Observer used Photoshop on this image to obsure the design and avoid being a party pooper. The official unveiling of the project is tonight, Tuesday, June 26th, during a block party along South Main Street from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Here is an official press release from City Hall….

   The city will unveil a 900-square-foot mosaic, designed by artists Bruce and Joanne Hunter and assembled by hundreds of volunteers, with a block party hosted by the mayor.

   The event is at 90 S. Main St., behind Webster Bank, downtown Waterbury. It is free to attend. South Main Street will be closed to traffic from the Webster Bank parking lot to the Apothecaries Hall building.

   It will be the first chance for the public to see the finished artwork, which has a Waterbury theme. The mosaic is composed of 30 panels, each 3-by-5-feet in size. Under the direction of the artists, hundreds of volunteers, including Waterbury students, helped create the mosaic during the course of nine days. They used the stage of the Palace Theater as their studio.

   The project is part of the state’s City Canvases Initiative, which is meant to improve downtown areas by incorporating artistic designs with build­ing facades. The city of Waterbury and the Arts and Culture Collaborative of the Greater Water­bury Chamber of Commerce Foundation were chosen by Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Office of the Arts to participate.

   The event will feature food trucks and carts:

   – Hot dogs by Frankie’s
   – Gyros and kebabs by the Dirty Greek Gyro Co.
   – Spanish delicacies by El Americano Restaurant
   – Gourmet popcorn by The Popcorn Man
   – Italian Ice by Icee Delights

   * Live Music by Guy Malone Band*

   This historic project was made possible by the support of our sponsors and dedicated volunteers.