PARKERSBURG — An invite-only kick-off celebration for the Parkersburg Floodwall Mural Challenge shall be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday on the Parkersburg Artwork Middle on Market Road.
A scale mannequin of the Floodwall Mural shall be on show and can later be on show on the Grand Central Mall. Extra details about the Floodwall Mural Challenge and the right way to make it a actuality is on the Parkersburg Floodwall Mural Challenge web page on Fb or its web site, http://ParkersburgFlood.org.
Sponsorships can be found and could be bought via the Fb web page or by sending tax-deductible presents to: Parkersburg Floodwall Mural Challenge, P.O. Field 1671, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1671.
The Parkersburg Floodwall Mural Committee is launching a significant consciousness and fundraising effort to get the primary part of a floodwall mural accomplished this summer time.
“The thought is to take this large, empty area and switch it into one thing that can draw folks to the town and likewise make it one thing that native residents could be pleased with,” mentioned native businessman Edward Escandon, who has re-ignited curiosity on this mission which has been mentioned a number of occasions through the years.
Working with former native artist Christopher Santer, Escandon has provide you with a plan to show greater than 1,000 ft of floodwall area into an enormous panorama and vacationer attraction.
“Section One, which we plan to start this summer time, shall be painted on the realm adjoining to the Riverfront Amphitheater. It should measure 160 ft from finish to finish and can depict the hills and mountains of West Virginia, catching the primary rays of morning gentle,” Escandon mentioned. “We predict it can make a implausible backdrop for the concert events and different occasions that occur on the Amphitheater, however will even be an enormous ‘welcome dwelling’ signal to of us coming throughout the Belpre Bridge from Ohio.”
Finally, the plan is for an additional part of the floodwall to be reworked into a large piece of sheet music, carrying the primary few notes and phrases (“Virtually heaven, West Virginia”) from John Denver’s track, “Nation Roads.” Farther down alongside the floodwall, the hills and mountains will morph into painted representations of the girders and piers of Parkersburg’s historic Sixth Road prepare trestle, which dates to the Civil Battle.
The areas between every of the piers shall be changed into scenes of well-known locations, occasions or folks within the historical past of Parkersburg.