MATTHEWS – Carol Z. Hambridge’s mural, “Celebrating Matthews,” serves as a portrait of the love and community in the town. It was inspired by a 2016 photoshoot during the Matthews Alive parade.
At that time, the country was on the eve of a grueling presidential election. Despite the national tension, the parade filled the historic downtown with patriotism and community spirit. The red and blue display unity throughout the crowd.
Red and blue antique automobiles drive from the past into the future. The piece portrays the love for a town you can call your own, whether you were born here, moved here or just visiting.
Flower baskets line the sidewalk. Planted and nurtured with love, the blossoms spill over into the air as they morph into hearts, before transforming into red and blue balloons – a collection of individual dreams floating into a shared sky.
The chalk heart written in the street reads, ”Where love grows in the heart of the American Dream.” The French flag is a nod to the town’s sister city, Sainte Maxime, France.
The mural is a photo collage composed and painted using digital finger painting and other techniques. Hambridge created the piece over six months. It was printed on a special material that was heat applied to the brick.
Hambridge spent her childhood exploring the fields and ponds in Tonawanda, New York. She lives in Matthews with her husband. They have three daughters.
She shares her passion for the environment through engineering, education and public art. She enjoys exploring creative ways of incorporating authenticity into art using elements of photography and history, resulting in layers of meaning.
Hambridge donated the mural, “Celebrating Matthews,” to the town. Smaller size prints of the mural can be purchased from the artist. Email email@example.com or visit www.suzaberry.com for details.