TRP’s New Look!


South Wall(artist’s draft)

Theatre in the Round’s home has been a landmark in the Seven Corners neighborhood for decades. And now JOHN PUGH — one of the top artists in the world — will be transforming our century-old building with his astonishing 3-D murals.

Pugh has won international acclaim for his work in trompe-l’oeil — “to trick the eye” – an art style that uses realistic imagery, perspective, and other techniques to create a three-dimensional effect.  He has created more than 250 murals throughout the world and this will mark his first work in Minnesota. “His work is astonishing,” said Stephanie Long, president of the Board of Directors. “And he’s come up with fun and striking images for TRP”. For more about John Pugh, CLICK HERE.

The biggest and most fantastic mural is on the south wall of the theatre (shown above), which faces the new light-rail station and the main West Bank district. This amazing globe is a literal theatre-in-the-round. Inside it, actors are playing out a scene, as stagehands and others push and roll the globe out, breaking through the wall to bring the theatre’s work into the community.

On the front of the building, he pays homage to TRP’s blueprint design, freshening up the blueprint and keeping its iconic neon sign that has been a beacon in the Seven Corners area for more than 30 years.

North Wall

And, on the north wall, which faces the outdoor patios and bars of Seven Corners, John uses his signature broken wall to expose the theatre itself — including actors in the dressing room getting ready to go on.

“These murals create an illusion with art – which perfectly captures what we do as a theatre, “ said Long. “We’re thrilled to have John Pugh create this fantastic new public art for the Twin Cities”.

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