Amber makes its very big mark – gateway to Bethlehem

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By A.M. Weaver, For The Inquirer

Posted: December 05, 2013

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In October, the Amber collective celebrated its most recent major project, the Directions of Perspective mural commissioned as part of Bethlehem’s Southside Vision 2014, a revitalization project that also features a state-of-the-art skate park, an anchor in the community.

The artists helped flip the perception of Bethlehem’s urban landscape. Amber Art’s mural transforms a plain tire garage that extends over one block into a bedazzling wrap-around edifice. Replete with recycled materials found in the neighborhood, the mural reflects different perspectives on how Bethlehem views itself.

Their mural “nails it,” says Ellen Larmer, director of the Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem. It “does exactly what we had planned; it is colorful, exciting, and engaging. With fields of energetic lines and palette, it serves as a gateway to the city.”

Turning art on its head: (from left) Willis Humphrey (Nomo), Keir Johnston, and Bryan Martinez of Amber Art & Design clown around in front of their mural "Directions in Perspective" after its ribbon cutting in October in Bethlehem, Pa.

Turning art on its head: (from left) Willis Humphrey (Nomo), Keir Johnston, and Bryan Martinez of Amber Art & Design clown around in front of their mural “Directions in Perspective” after its ribbon cutting in October in Bethlehem, Pa. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)