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NORTH MANCHESTER – A colorful new addition to historic downtown North Manchester will be coming soon.
Town Council approved Manchester Main Street’s Eel River Gardens mural proposal at its Aug. 13 meeting. The mural will be located along the South Market Street retaining wall adjacent to the Eel River Gardens and city hall.
Initial project planning began in late 2012. “Manchester PATH Group discovered this site while scouting sign locations for the Community Trail Network,” said Renata Robinson, MMS executive director. “It’s right next to the Eel River, so has a lot of historical significance and scenic potential.”
MMS’ America in Bloom committee put the project’s wheels in motion this spring. AIB and North Manchester Garden Club, also a MMS committee, will be funding the mural costs.
According to a press release, the mural design features the elegant twists and turns of the Eel River as it snakes through North Manchester. A “ribbon” of textured mortar to mimic the river’s contours adds depth and dimensioning, while a simple patina painting technique resembles an antiqued, weathered surface to complement this historic site.
Installation will be a cooperative effort of Manchester University Art Professor, Jena Oke, and her fall semester Basic Design/Art 131 students. The target project completion date is Sept. 12, to correspond with the MMS’ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eel River Arts Festival located at the Eel River Gardens on Sept. 13.
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