Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Centennial Mural is Finished!
After several months of planning and several more months of actual painting, the Madeira Centennial Mural is finished! The mural was a project inspired by the small town charm of our city and the celebration of its 100th birthday.
A committee was formed and together we decided on over 20 Madeira landmarks, past and present, to document our history. We wanted to capture the memories of our town and inspire people to share their own when they see the mural.
The mural is located in the Madeira Municipal Building, in the lower level Community Room, a room open to the public for meetings, parties, and any other bookings. Here is the building in real life.
Here is the building in my mural! The Police Department is in there too!
I started the mural in June and just finished the other day (October). It is 6.5 feet tall and 22 feet long.
The mural includes historical residences,
local businesses (past and present),
schools (past and present),
And to make the mural come alive, I painted the people of our community! Little vignettes depict our residents walking, playing, conversing, and admiring the bell created in honor of our 75th birthday. It arrived on a train through the heart of downtown with great fanfare!
And the committee who commissioned the mural threw me an awesome reception to reveal the mural to our community residents.
We covered the mural, so arriving guests had to wait for the big moment. The mayor read me a Proclamation...
and we pulled a curtain down to show it off. The reaction was priceless.
It was such a lovely evening with great snacks, a string quintet, and my family and friends to show their support. I felt honored to be chosen to paint such an important mural for our "Friendly Town" and it is a Madeira memory I will always cherish!
Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!