Title: Patriot Wall
Creator: Jane Grace Taylor
Medium: latex paint
Dimensions: 60 feet (height) x 92 feet (width)
Revolutionary War figure Peter Gansevoort gallops on horseback against a backdrop of a rippling American flag and a cloudy night sky with a full moon. Brigadier General Gansevoort was the commandant at nearby Fort Stanwix who led troops to withstand a 21 day siege from the British in 1777. However, he is often mistaken for Paul Revere, an error encouraged by the neon sign for the Revere copper and brass factory that used to be nearby.
Artist Jane Grace Taylor is also a retired Rome school teacher. In 2001, she worked on this 60 foot high mural over two months, often on a motorized lift. $1000 worth of exterior latex paint was donated by local businesses. Volunteers helped with painting some of the lower sections, and donated money for more paint. Unfortunately, 15 years later the brick wall of the 1868 building is deteriorating quickly. The current estimate stands at $64,000 to save the wall. Research is underway for options to raise the money to save both the wall and the mural.
Taylor refers to the mural as the Patriot Wall, allowing for the ambiguity of which revolutionary war hero is represented. The epic scale honors the rich history of the area. It brings a moment from history to life with an energy that can carry over to any current endeavor.
Inscription: The artist's signature is in the lower left hand corner.
Subject: Gansevoort, Peter, 1749-1812, Public art, Mural painting and decoration
Rights: © Jane Grace Taylor 2001
Find out more:
Madison, Samantha. “Rome’s ‘Paul Revere’ Mural a Case of Mistaken Identity.” Uticaod. N.p., 22 July 2016. Web. 15 Sept. 2016. http://www.uticaod.com/news/20160722/romes-paul-revere-mural-case-of-mistaken-identity
Weaver, Teri. “Will Rome Save Its Iconic Mural of Revolutionary War Colonel?” NewYorkUpstate.com. N.p., 22 June 2016. Web. 15 Sept. 2016. http://www.newyorkupstate.com/utica/2016/06/will_rome_save_its_iconic_mura.html
Location: 229 West Dominick Street, Rome