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Flowery Branch mural chugging into view
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This illustration of a historic train is the image to be used on Flowery Branch's planned downtown mural.

Art and history meet in downtown Flowery Branch with plans for a large wall mural finally coming to fruition.

“It’s going to be a nice project,” said Karron Denaple, executive director of LakeView Art Center in Flowery Branch. “It’s going to be a nice community project, too, because I really want to get everyone over here painting once we get it drawn out.”

The mural will feature a historic train, much like what would have gone through Flowery Branch in the early 1900s.

It will go up on the side of Growlers on Main and the art center, facing the historic depot and the rail tracks. The idea is to make that location a gathering spot of sorts, what Director of Community Development John McHenry called a “pocket park.”

“We’d like to see more brick pavers and some lighting,” he said, “and kind of create a space where people can go and have a brown-bag lunch, that kind of thing.”

Approved by both Flowery Branch’s city council and also by the historic preservation commission at its Dec. 17 meeting, the mural will cost the city $7,200.

The wall was primed in November, and Denaple plans to get the process started in January.

“My brother actually works on trains,” she said. “He did the schematic for (this mural), and he’s actually going to come down from Virginia and help me draw it out to make sure it’s accurate and all the parts are where they need to be.”

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