Monday, October 15, 2007
Mural in Danger
It came to our attention today that a new tenant in the building at the southeast corner of South Main and Pontotoc (in the South Main Arts District) is planning to paint over this mural, which has been on the building since 1983. The owner of the building, C.O.G.I.C., has apparently given the tenant permission, not realizing the history of the artwork.
Here is what we think is the story behind this mural:
This is one of several murals that local artist George Hunt created with students as part of the CETA Summer Youth Program in the early 80's, including artist Lurlynn Franklin. A few of these murals still exist, including this one and one on Vance Avenue.
If anyone has better information about the history of this mural, or an idea as to how to save it, please let us know!