By ELLA ADAMS, Greenfield Recorder Staff Writer. Published 8/11/21
1 / 4 Colrain artist Whitney Robbins puts finishing touches on her “Crow Stack” on the exterior of the Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center at 56 Hope St. in Greenfield on Tuesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz Testing
GREENFIELD — Four more crows have landed on the exterior of the Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center on Hope Street, joining the lone “Inquisitive Crow” that settled there nearly a year ago.
Colrain artist Whitney Robbins expanded her influence on the 56 Hope St. building with a new 19-foot-tall mural she calls “Crow Stack,” which she finished Tuesday. Like her original “Inquisitive Crow,” the new mural was inspired by small images she took of crows in Paris 2011.
“I like the configuration — they’re cheeky,” Robbins said, contrasting what she called the dark, symbolic representation crows commonly receive. “These are silly crows.”
The building, co-owned by Mark and Barbara Zaccheo of Olive Street Development LLC, is also serving as the first mural location for The Hidden Canvas Mural Project — a project Mark Zaccheo and his 17-year-old son, Gabe, created this summer with the hope of bringing more murals and wall art to Greenfield. Robbins’ pioneering mural was sponsored by and created in collaboration with the Zaccheos, who are excited to get this project up and running.
“The project is definitely gaining steam. We’ve got three other artists who are interested and working on murals,” Mark Zaccheo said.
He recalls talking to Robbins several years ago about getting her work up in the form of a mural. Both parties are glad to have been able to work together on the planning and ideas that went into creating both crow murals.
“I like how whimsical they are,” Zaccheo said. “I’ve always liked Whitney’s work.”
Robbins began painting the “Crow Stack” at around 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning and finished at around 2:30 p.m. that same afternoon. On Tuesday, she spent around an hour touching up her work.