Pin It
Favorite

Art on the Fence 

by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & B & lt;/span & efore Tim Piper was a garden designer and a painter, he was a firefighter. Before that, he was in the military. And before that, he gave up a scholarship to the Pasadena Art Institute because his father didn't think a career in art would take him anywhere.





He was semi-content as a firefighter until circumstances led him to become the single parent of his daughter. "There's no 24-hour daycare," he says. "You can't be a fireman and have a little girl."





Piper started knocking on people's doors and mowing their lawns. That grew into a landscaping and garden design business that now brings in $2 million to $4 million per year.





The owners of the fence that sits on the 500 block of West 14th Ave. flew Piper to Spokane because they wanted a yard that was artistic and distinctive.





The award-winning gardener began painting a mural on the south side of the front fence after he created one on the fence in their backyard. Piper sees the artwork as a way to knock down barriers and show kids a way that tagging can be utilized for good. "It gives kids out there an outlet for creativity. Instead of a fence, it's now a thing. It makes a statement."





Piper says that he wants to use his talent to help kids from different backgrounds learn how to unleash the creativity within that leads them to tag illegally. "There are kids that learn differently," says Piper. "They're sharp, but they get bored and then they spray paint on walls."





The artist wants to show them how to work in a garden in order to demonstrate a work ethic, how to provide a service and how to gain ownership without spray painting where it is illegal.





A rendition of Michelangelo's "The Creation of Man" was designed by Piper to celebrate art. Other parts of the mural include an interpretation of the photo on the cover of the Beatles album "Abbey Road," hieroglyphs, a dark empress protecting a Buddha and so much more.





A couple of days ago, Piper says he dreamed that his soul was being weighed to find out if he was doing the mural for the right reasons or if it was for his ego. This part of the mural emerged from that dream.





A section of the mural depicts the garden that lies just past the fence, at the front yard of the house.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • OK, Hold Your Nose
  • OK, Hold Your Nose

    Everything you need to know before Election Day
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Base of Support
  • Base of Support

    Polling local leaders and opinion-makers about presidential politics
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • The Messenger
  • The Messenger

    Local leaders weigh in on how Donald Trump's campaign has impacted racism in America
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market

Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market @ Five Mile Grange

Fri., Sept. 30 and Sat., Oct. 1

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Murrow's Nightmare

    Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


Briefs


trail mix


green zone


marijuana


Readers also liked…

  • Patrolling While Black
  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • 'I Do Not Trust Muzlims'
  • 'I Do Not Trust Muzlims'

    Comments by the wife of Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell have raised questions about his office's impartiality
    • Feb 25, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation