Adam Schrimmer, lead artist and owner of Blank Canvas Mural Company in Greenville, South Carolina has won the bid to design and paint the first mural for the City of Laurens, South Carolina.
The mural entitled “Pride of the Piedmont” will be at the entrance to the town at 311 North Harper Street. It is a partnership between Main Street Laurens, a non-profit organization focused on revitalizing the downtown district, and the City of Laurens. The mural will be painted over the course of the next few weeks, with an estimated finish date of the first week in October.
At approximately 18 feet tall and 30 feet wide, the mural will feature a “Retro Vintage Postcard” look, and will contain artwork of local Laurens landmarks inside the block letters that spell Laurens. Among the images are the steam whistle from Laurens Glass, musician Pink Anderson, the town square, the Laurens County Courthouse, Horseshoe Falls, and Little River Park well as icons from the agriculture, horticulture and dairy businesses.
The images were discussed in meetings within the business community along with other involved residents.
According to Nathan Senn, the Mayor of Laurens, ”I’m particularly excited about Blank Canvas’s mural because it will present to the world that we are a community which values the arts, has a rich and diverse heritage, and shows we are welcoming to all. We’re grateful for the beauty that this new public art will bring to our city. We know it will enrich our town for years to come.”
Schrimmer adds, “I’m so appreciative for this great opportunity to expand my artistic reach throughout the Southeast. The mural will pay homage to this city’s history, and also provide a great opportunity for photos. I hope it will become a tourist destination and encourage everyone to visit.”
Photos and video will be available upon the mural’s completion.
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