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Philadelphia’s ‘The Noble’ apartment complex will feature a HOXXOH mural

Philadelphia’s ‘The Noble’ apartment complex will feature a HOXXOH mural

Philadelphia’s ‘The Noble’ apartment complex will feature a HOXXOH mural

Hoekzema combines two accessories: a spray gun nozzle with a trigger that screws into an oscillating sprayer. When you pull the trigger, a burst of paint comes out of the sprayer and dances across the wall like a Jackson Pollock action painting.

Doug Hoekzema shows off his technique. (Peter Crimmins/WHYY)

“Yes, it’s a bit Pollock-esque,” he said. “This isn’t funded by the CIA, but I wish it was,” he said, referencing the federal government’s covert support of Pollock and abstract expressionism in the 1950s as part of the Cold War.

“This is the ultimate in action,” he chuckled, as he led an army of workers putting the finishing touches on The Noble, a new apartment complex he was commissioned to paint. “The environment is action. The painting is action. It’s action-packed. I feel like we’re putting on a summer movie with Will Smith, or something.”

Mural Arts Philadelphia and National Real Estate Development, the developer of The Noble apartment complex on Spring Garden Street, commissioned Hoekzema to paint the corrugated steel fence that runs around the perimeter of the 12,000-square-foot public courtyard.