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Artists, city collaborate on mural

POSTED: August 13, 2014 10:37 p.m.
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An artist's rendering of the proposed mural.

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Plans are moving forward on a “pocket park” for the area between the historic train depot and Growlers on Main in downtown Flowery Branch.

“What we’re looking to do, in terms of this grant application, is to put a mural ... on the side of the Growlers,” said John McHenry, director of planning and community development.

McHenry sought approval of a grant application at the Aug. 7 meeting of the City Council; as he said, funds have already been set aside for the mural, but the idea is to create a sitting area by the mural, with bricks and lighting.

Artist Karron Denaple with the LakeView Art Center has already created a sketch of the potential mural.

The LakeView Art Center is next to the planned wall for the painting.

“The plan for the mural is to keep it simple,” she said to council members, explaining she wouldn’t want to have many bright colors, opting instead for a sepia tone.

“I’d like to incorporate local artists,” she added, also saying she would like to get Flowery Branch High School art students involved. “The high school kids are amazing artists.”

Her idea is to have a large train stretched across the now-beige wall, appearing as though it is three-dimensional and coming out of the wall.

She thinks it would look especially appropriate being next to the historic depot.

“I want the input of the community,” Denaple said. “I want to know what it is you want to see on that wall.”

The grant would come from the Georgia Department of Economic Development; McHenry had said the city should find out in October if it will get those funds.

“We’ve talked a lot about creating more of these livable spaces,” McHenry said. “It’s a great location right there. There would be some visibility obviously from Main Street and Railroad Avenue; even (from) Atlanta Highway on the other side of the railroad.”

The council approved applying for the grant, with all members voicing approval of the plans for the mural and sitting area.

In the meantime, McHenry plans to have discussion with the Historic Preservation Commission and continue moving forward with mural design.

“We want to get something in there that’s going to celebrate the town,” McHenry said. “I think it will look awesome.”


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