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‘It’s like visual music’

  • Noah Sparkes, a Brooklyn street artist, came to Peterborough to paint a new mural in advance of the Thing in the Spring music and arts festival. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Noah Sparkes, a Brooklyn street artist, came to Peterborough to paint a new mural in advance of the Thing in the Spring music and arts festival. —Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Noah Sparkes, a Brooklyn street artist, came to Peterborough to paint a new mural in advance of the Thing in the Spring music and arts festival. —Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Thing in the Spring always brings an eclectic mix of music and art, sound and color to Peterborough.

This year, some of that art and color will stick around after the festival is over.

Brooklyn street artist Noah Sparkes came up to Peterborough a couple weeks back and painted a mural on the side of the Toadstool to add some more visible art to downtown in advance of the festival.

“I’m just trying to keep the vibrancy going,” Sparkes said.

Normally, he’d do a mural on one big wall, but in this case, he worked with what he had and created a quadtych — four separate pieces aligned with the building’s windows.

“You have to customize with the building,” he said.

Sparkes said he’s painted murals all across New England and the Eastern seaboard — any excuse to get out of the highly saturated streets of New York, where whole neighborhoods have been taken over by street art. Plus, people are “friendlier and chiller” up here, he said.

And as far as just what he intended to create? It’s right in line with the festival mentality.

“I’m trying to leave it like a Rorschacht test, where people look at it and see what they see,” Sparkes said. “I’m more just into pattern and color. It’s like visual music.”