Connecticut Farm Project by Jack McConnell
It took 4.5 billion years to get the soil we need to grow the food we eat. Today, farming in CT is a $3.5 billion industry, supporting 21,000 jobs. There are 5,977 family farms in the state today, but every year CT loses 20% more farmland than it protects.
Through the preservation efforts made by groups like Connecticut Farmland Trust, CT NOFA, The Farmer’s Cow, Working Lands Alliance, and many others, we strive to protect farmland for the 90 million people living within a day’s drive of CT farms, who in part rely on local farms for the food they eat.
|Capitol Community CollegeJack McConnell’s first Hartford Heritage mural was installed in August 2015 at Capital Community College in time to greet students with legacy moments from Downtown Hartford. The mural contains images of the Thomas Hooker statue at the Old Statehouse, the Mark Twain statue at the Hartford Public Library, and Stegosaurus just to name a few. The Wadsworth Atheneum and historic houses such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Mark Twain House can also be found in the mural. Even the front entrance to the college can be spotted in the mural. The Hartford Heritage Project was started in 2011 at Capital Community College as a place-based educational initiative that incorporates local history into the curriculum and uses local museums, historical societies, parks, community centers, as well as businesses and government agencies as an extension of the classroom. Jack’s new heritage mural reminds students of all the resources they can tap into as they pursue their educational journey.
|Capital Community College in Hartford selected four 4×6′ landmark photos by Jack McConnell for installation in their eleventh floor auditorium, and three additional photos for the President’s conference room. The auditorium prints were brilliantly produced by Charles Vendetti Imaging and the conference room prints by J&M ImageWorks.|
|960 Main Street The Marquee Events selected one of Jack’s nighttime skylines of Hartford for a 9’x12′ mosaic mural in their Gershon Fox Banquet Room at 960 Main Street. The photograph is divided into twelve 3’x3′ sections, framed without mats or glass in thin black frames, and positioned in a cluster with about one inch of white wallspace between each photo to create a strong mosaic-like feeling. The design consultants selected this skyline from Jack’s extensive collection for its strong magenta, mauve, gold and black tones which advance the Art Deco design of the room.|
|Hartford Public Library Hartford Public Library selected Jack to create three floor-to-ceiling murals for the newly renovated lobby and third floor Wallace Stevens Conference Room. Seventeen familiar scenes of Hartford are printed 9′ high and up to 20′ wide onto wallpaper material and adherred to the South and North Walls in an uninterrupted sequence of photography that is truly dazzling in its reality. See More Installation Pictures
|PriceWaterhouse Coopers Another financial services client, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, selected seven of Jack’s photographs for wallpaper murals in the corridors of their new headquarters on Church Street in Hartford and are thrilled with the way they add warmth to their workplace culture.|
|Open Solutions installation Open Solutions, a banking services corporation in Glastonbury, has purchased more than a hundred New England landscape photographs from Jack McConnell to hang throughout their lobbies, conference rooms and offices. Clients from all over the world come to Glastonbury for software training, and often don’t have time to visit New England. So the photographs give them an experience of the regional beauty…harbors, waterways, farms, forests, historic sites, gardens and orchards.If you download Jack’s bio, you can see many other companies that collect Jack’s images, from hospitals, banks and accounting firms to golf clubs, colleges, and medical offices.|
|Hook and Ladder Restaurant The new Hook and Ladder Restaurant on Main Street in Hartford commissioned Jack to shoot a fire truck and the skyline of Hartford and merge the two images in Photoshop. They were printed into large framed photos and hung on the walls alongside fire station artifacts such as coats, boots and ladders.|
|One version was printed on translucent vinyl at Joseph Merritt and burnished onto glass partitions between the dining area and the kitchen, allowing the chef to keep an eye on the dining patrons, and guests to watch the food preparation.|
|Bus Wrap Banner
It’s fun to see all the new surfaces we can print our photos on these days. Besides the wallpaper murals for the Hartford Public Library, here’s a Bus Wrap created for the Double A Bus Company in association with the Wethersfield Historic Society. Jim Charbonnier was the creative director,
and it was printed by Joseph Merritt. It really stopped traffic on its run through the historic district of Wethersfield.
|Connecticut Tourism Banner
The trade show banner for our booth at the Connecticut Tourism show was also produced by Joseph Merritt on a laminated opaque vinyl. The colors were so brilliant and clear it could be seen across the Convention Center.