For Immediate Release
Contact: John E. Reece, II
WINSTON-SALEM – Local artist, curator and consultant Nick Bragg was recently commissioned by the owners of 751 West Fourth, downtown Winston-Salem’s new five-story office building, to paint a special mural for the building’s “Hatteras Room,” a top-floor conference room that is available for use by all occupants and offers panoramic views of the city.
Never one to take an assignment lightly, Bragg drew upon his extensive historical knowledge – including his years as the first executive director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art and longstanding affiliation with Old Salem – to create a vibrant overview of Winston-Salem’s cultural evolution from early times to the present. He titled his work “Salem Medici,” a nod to Lorenzo de Medici, who during the Italian Renaissance sponsored artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo.
“When a community is fortunate enough to have a “Medici” or a group of Medici as it develops in time, there is a remarkably fine and higher level of living than otherwise might be the case,” Bragg explained.
The mural, said Bragg, “attempts to depict this evolution and celebrate the culture it provides.”
His six-foot-high, 12-foot-wide painting incorporates “symbols” of Winston-Salem’s progression from early settlement to vibrant center of innovation, education and the arts. The illustrated items range from architectural landmarks to cultural and technological milestones.
“While not having a single Medici,” said Bragg, “we have had a powerful symphony of Medici – several waves of stimulation – that have given us an outstanding community as we move confidently and creatively into the 21st Century.”
Those who work at 751 West Fourth are now treated to a stunning, artistic overview of our city’s past, one that perfectly complements the energetic vista just outside the windows.