PHOTOS: Faring Purth's Cherokee Street Mural is Mesmerizing and It's Not Even Done Yet

Categories: Arts

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Allison Babka
Faring Purth's Cherokee Street mural.
Street artist Faring Purth is adding layer upon layer to her Cherokee Street mural, causing passersby to stop, stare, wonder and, often, snap a photo of her work in progress.

See also: Artist Faring Purth Begins Massive Cherokee Street Mural; Detractors Call It Racist, Sexist

Purth planned to travel the country, painting and eventually making her way back to her home state of California. But once she got to St. Louis, she decided to settle down for a bit, move in and create a mural on the side of the Nebula Coworking building on Cherokee Street.

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Purth uses a boom to create her mural more than 100 feet wide and 40 feet high.

"She's just really been taken in by the community here," Cara Spencer, who runs the Nebula Coworking space on Cherokee Street, told Daily RFT last week when the mural was no more than a silhouette. "The larger Cherokee community has embraced her being here, her artwork, who she is. It was not our intent to keep her here, but why not, right?"

Purth occasionally shares updates and thoughts on her work on Facebook, offering an intriguing look behind the scenes for an artist who says she won't talk to media about the mural until it's completed.

"Thing is she's meant to be here," she posted online Tuesday. "I'm meant to be here. And neither of us are done yet."

Already, the mural has the grotesquely beautiful and elongated femininity Purth is famous for around the country. At Purth's request, Daily RFT is not publishing photos of the artist with her mural in progress.

Want to see where she started? Here's a shot from a week ago:

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Allison Babka
Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Donna Criiaag
Donna Criiaag

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Rj Hub
Rj Hub

right now - thumbs down. I hope the finished product looks much better

Scott Ogle
Scott Ogle

Give it a chance, it already looks so different then from the first article.

Bill Streeter
Bill Streeter

Are you saying Clive Barker isn't an artist?

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I like it. Beats the other ghetto shit going on down there.

David Schrimpf
David Schrimpf

That is the visual equivalent of a Yoko Ono song.

Earl Kliethermes
Earl Kliethermes

But you could get the same feeling just walking down Cherokee Street a few years ago.

Ashley Womack
Ashley Womack

It's always inspiring to have the local media express positive aspects of street art, the artists behind the work, and the support of the local community all in one article. Hats off! I am a long time Cherokee Street supporter and street art stalker B-)

Mags Henley
Mags Henley

Is this painting going to eat my soul?

Bobbi Hale
Bobbi Hale

It's even more haunting in person. I have a "please don't steal my soul" moment each time I'm going up to Cherokee. lol

Diana Tunon
Diana Tunon

Dude, don't know about you, but I want to go to Nails 2000.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Coming along nicely. Lucky to have such prestigious artists take kindly to our big-small city.

Kyle DB
Kyle DB

Man that isn't art. That looks like something out of a Clive Barker movie.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Glad to see that a douche bag like yourself thinks he an define what is or is not art. Shut the fuck up and go fuck yourself. And while you are at it take that dog in your pic, shave it and teach it to hunt.

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