The artwork is expected to start soon in downtown Wilmington on an outdoor mural, a tribute to the area’s agricultural roots.
The mural will be in the heart of downtown, on the exterior south wall of the Fife and Bosworth building at the intersection of Main and South streets.
The artist will be Jason Morgan of Yellow Springs, who also painted the farmers market mural at the Main Street parking lot next to The General Denver Hotel as well as the garden mural on East Locust Street facing the First Baptist Church of Wilmington.
Morgan also painted a six-story, 6,000-square-foot mural on the back of the Regent Theater in downtown Springfield, Ohio, in front of the main entrance to the Courtyard by Marriott.
Stucco was directly applied to the brick on the south exterior wall of Fife and Bosworth recently as part of a redevelopment project that includes transforming the top three stories of the historical structure into high-end apartments. Larry Roberts II of LT Land Development LLC, which owns the building, is the financial backer for the mural, said Main Street Wilmington Executive Director Steve Brown.
“We are very excited about this mural, the third one in town with an agricultural theme,” Brown said.
The mural project also is a fundraiser for downtown enhancements, he said. The proceeds from contributing sponsors will go to make improvements to be determined, said Brown.
He said the mural will be sepia brown in tone, to give it an old-fashion feel and so as not to make the mural overtake the architectural beauty of the structure, built in 1872.
The faces of the six figures planned in the mural will be of early members of longtime Clinton County farm families. The 16 Century Farms in the county have been contacted, asking the current occupants to submit photographs of their ancestors who farmed here generations ago.
The submissions then will be provided to Morgan who will choose the six folks based on whoever works best in the mural, said Brown.
The official name of the mural will be “Heritage Harvesters.” But Brown expects most residents to simply call it the farmers mural.
Gary Huffenberger can be reached at 937-382-2574 ext. 2512 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.