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.