Bader Ginsburg’s face adorns the Winchester building
Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022
By Bill McCann
For more than a week, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural in downtown Winchester took shape on an outside wall of Micki’s Irish Bar. The image appears to be peeking around the corner from Wildcat Willy’s, trying to see what’s going on further down East Broadway, as if asking, is a train still blocking the street?
The mural is the work of Graham Allen and Geoff Murphy, collectively known as Square Pegs Studio and Design, of Lexington. Last Saturday Murphy was painting and Allen was “supervI sing.” However, the two men share painting duties as well as design responsibilities. Allen is a graphic designer. Murphy designs and installs vinyl windows and vehicle wraps.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) was a Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1993 to 2020. According to Allen, RBG was included in their series of murals around central Kentucky simply because of her advocacy of “equal rights and human rights. ”
“So far,” Allen continued, “we haven’t had any pushback on the mural. People seem to like it.”
Murphy said there was a self-imposed deadline to complete the mural
“We hope the mural will be completed in time to commemorate his death on September 18,” Murphy said.
Asked about other murals the two did, Allen Murphy listed more people than my lack of shorthand could keep up with, including Harry Dean Stanton, John Prine, several area veterans, Dick Van Dyke, Tom T. Hall and Hunter S. Thompson as part of their Kentucky Inspiration series. Over the past ten years, Allen and Murphy have done over 100 murals in the Kentucky area for local businesses and large corporations.
“The RBG mural is based on an amalgamation of multiple images,” Allen said. “We took an eye from one, a cheek from the other, and created our own portrait. Of course, it looks like him. But it doesn’t look like any picture of her.
When asked who commissioned the mural, the artists pointed to Adam Kidd, owner of the Micki bar building.
Kidd said, “The artists sold me. I really enjoyed their series of murals in Lexington. With RBG’s death on September 18, it seemed like a good time to do so. RBG has reached the peak of his career. She paved the way. A female who has come all the way.
Kidd mentioned that he wanted to see the mural mounted on or near women-owned businesses.
“Micki Wright owns Micki’s Irish Bar, Laura Freeman owns Wildcat Willy’s and both women run successful businesses – it seemed like a great location.”
Kidd said as part of the mural project, DAM Holdings and Square Peg are donating a “portion of the cost of the mural” to Beacon of Hope, a local women’s shelter not affiliated with any church or community. other institution. It is a 100% independent center. There were no conditions attached to the donation.
Getting a building into the series was an easy decision for Kidd.
“It was an exciting opportunity to participate in the Square Peg Mural Project,” Kidd said.