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By Ray Mark Rinaldi
Forrest J. Morrison’s massive, new murals at the Curtis Hotel are irreverent, irresistible and spectacularly excessive at every turn. Or on every floor, you might say.
The murals — more than 1,600 square feet in total — decorate the glass-enclosed elevator vestibules off the downtown hotel’s parking garage. There are five of them, each a contemporary and thoroughly cheeky update of a museum-level masterpiece. The barely-touching hands of God and Adam from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel play “rock, paper, scissors.” Rembrandt’s examination room in “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” morphs into a tattoo parlor populated by bearded, 21st century hipsters.