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Mural to grace side of building

Artist Cameron Malphrus' rendering of what his Broad Avenue Bridge Mural will look like at the rear of the Art Park on Pine Avenue.

Artist Cameron Malphrus' rendering of what his Broad Avenue Bridge Mural will look like at the rear of the Art Park on Pine Avenue.

ALBANY, Ga. — Downtown officials have unveiled a rendering of what they hope the rear of one of the city’s oldest commercial structures will look like later this year, once a painting that pays homage to an iconic Albany bridge is completed.

Downtown Manager Aaron Blair said Thursday that local artist Cameron Malphrus has offered a rendering that depicts a mural on the rear of the Art Park on Pine Avenue that shows the Broad Avenue bridge as seen from the north side of the bridge facing south.

The mural would stretch along the entire width of the back of the building.

The painting would serve as an homage to the bridge, which is slated for demolition. Work on tunneling under the river to allow for natural gas lines and other utilities to be reconnected should begin sometime this month, City Engineer Bruce Maples said.

The mural on the rear of the Pine Avenue building will accompany a more subtle mural on the front of the structure, Blair said.

“What we have going on the front will be a giant paint brush that’s just made a swipe of paint across the entire front of the building with the art park logo,” Blair said.

Work continues on revitalizing the structure, which was most recently a NAPA Auto Parts store and is one of the city’s oldest commercial structure.

The downtown manager’s office and the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority have been using Turner Job Corps to help clear the interior of the structure. Steel footings and supports for the walls, which will start going up next week, have been installed, Blair said.

When work is completed and the art park opens, organizers envision it as a place where people can receive art instruction, display their work or create art.

Comments

Absynthe 2 years ago

While I believe that this is a wonderful thought, and I agree that it would be beautiful, the city leaders of Downtown Albany could not even properly monitor or keep our Veteran's Memorial from being defaced. No one has even been caught for that horrific crime, even with rewards as an incentive! Now, we can have a gorgeous painting but I wonder how long it will take the thugs of this crime ridden city to deface this?! I am willing to bet that after the painting is completed, visitors will return to see graffiti and gang symbols plastered all over that piece of art. Unfortunately, until the crime is under control in that area, I feel that this is a waste of money, time and effort. Not to mention, if this is city funds that will be funding this project, it would be best to use those funds elsewhere. Some place that can actually benefit from tax payers dollars.

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VietVet1 2 years ago

Drum roll - - - - and what's this going to cost?

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Cartman 2 years ago

Absynthe said, "I am willing to bet that after the painting is completed, visitors will return to see graffiti and gang symbols plastered all over that piece of art."

I disagree. I believe the graffiti will occur prior to the mural's completion.

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