Artist Ernie Patton says he climbed a scaffolding 18 times a day in his month long work to repaint murals at St. Patrick Church in Downtown Memphis.
High Wire Act
Patton, age 72, worked long hours for 28 straight days to repaint three massive murals.
Patton started his work with the mural of St. Patrick (left) and then the Nativity (center). St. Bridget (right) had yet to be repainted in this photo, indicating how dull the murals had gotten after a century at St. Patrick Church Downtown.
St. Patrick Sparkles
St. Patrick, patron saint of the Downtown Church at 277 S. 4th St. across from FedEx Forum, was first to be retouched.
A scaffold stood in the sanctuary of St. Patrick Church for the last month. Members watched the progress of artist Ernie Patton and commented on his skills each Sunday.
In addition to refreshing the painting on century old murals at St. Patrick Church, artist Ernie Patton applied gold leafing to their borders.
Extending an Artist's Reach
Ernie Patton used a ladder high atop a 30 foot tall scaffold to reach the heights of St. Patrick's sanctuary art.
A Job Well Done
Patton put his final touches on the murals on Tuesday, January 29. The St. Patrick congregation will see the finished pieces for the first time on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
A Pastor Delighted
Rev. Tim Sullivan, Pastor of St. Patrick Church downtown, says the parish could not afford Ernie Patton's services. Patton convinced one of his portrait subjects, an anonymous local businessman, to underwrite the cost of the repainting project.
Not His First Rodeo
Patton says he painted an 80 foot long mural for a business in Gatlinburg, TN and painted a large Beale St. mural for Circus Circus Casino that has now been covered because the casino left nearby Tunica County, MS.
Artist Ernie Patton spent 28 days repainting century old murals inside the sanctuary of St. Patrick Church in Downtown Memphis.