"Plat 28" Mural by Greg Was Here

Warren Public Art Walk

"Plat 28" Mural by Greg Was Here

Warren, Rhode Island 02885, United States

Created By: The Collaborative


“Plat 28” was brought to life by Blount Fine Foods and The Avenue Concept (TAC) through TAC’s strategic business partnership work.

PLAT 28 (2021) by Greg Was Here pays homage to the rich legacy of Blount Fine Foods and the seafood industry’s history in Warren, RI, of which Blount has a long and storied presence. Rich with hidden meaning, this collage-style mural commands attention with its jewel-toned palette and bold juxtaposition of imagery.

The white line layout corresponds to the 1949 Sanborn Plot Map of the property, at which point Greg learned that Blount Fine Foods assumed its current modern form. The 28 on the right hand side is a nod to the plot number on the map. Below, is the oldest reference in the mural which is the original oyster house which was Blount & Hunt’s headquarters on the Warren waterfront in the early 20th century. The boat docked next to the oyster house was named “The Priscilla”

“Clams for Chowder” which bands the farthest right section of the mural is from a print block for Point Judith canned clam chowder labels packaged by Blount Seafood. The two masted schooner sailboat in the lower left portion of the mural is from the 1947 “Whitecap” brand label. Greg chose to include the seaplane in the upper left corner for Nelson Blount, who led the company to its current iteration. In Greg's words, "He seemed to be a pretty remarkable guy able to pivot and make things work always... also a wild sense of adventure. How many other seafood businesses had their own plane in the 1940's?!" The Warren text, seen on the front water-facing side of the building, is the same font used on the original Whitecap Oyster labels.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Warren Public Art Walk


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