Risk at Rock on the Range 2015 in Columbus, OH
Last week, 12ozProphet’s Birdman went to Columbus, OH with West Coast-based artist Risk to paint at the largest rock music festival of the year, Rock on the Range. The festival is an ongoing project that Risk started this year after having teamed up with Danny Wymmer Presents to go on tour with his festivals to create the world’s largest interactive mural. Thus far he has done two festivals and has a goal of completing ten. So far about 15,000 people have painted on the walls. The goal: 100,000 people and a 10,000 square foot mural.
The process starts with Risk painting a wall in his beautifully destroyed process. Then, festival goers paint on the wall throughout the day. At the end of the day, the wall is broken down and shipped back to his studio and another wall is constructed for the next day. When the walls get back to the Risk’s studio, he will weave colors in and out, transforming the collaborate mural into a cohesive piece. Some portions of the mural may go to the Grammy Museum and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For this particular festival, Risk painted 3 different walls, as well as one graffiti style piece. Sid (DJ) of Slipknot came to join in on the wall to paint a transformer before headlining an amazing show the same night. Local artists Justin “Ketchup” Withrow, Lil Miss Birdy & Bad Trumpeter came and hung out for a few days and painted with them as well. Take a look at the photos and see what happens when you give free Montana cans to metal heads at a concert.
Stay tuned for a follow up post with photos from the concert!!
Text & Photos: Birdman