The history of Mansfield is unfolding in color along Rt. 106. It was after repairs were made back in 2008 to the overpass that a big blank wall was in need of some art. The search was on to find an artist to design and complete the 350ft mural. Ian Gaudreau won the commission. He says, "It came together after a lot of research, a lot
of hard work sketching and concept development."
Once the artist was found the process of funding the project began. A goal of $50,000 dollars was set. Nancy Wall, chairperson of the Mural Committee says, "We just started knocking on doors and sending
out donation requests."
When the project started on June 1st of this year, the $50,000 goal had not been raised yet, but the committee was confident the goal would be met. Wall goes on, "we knew the mural would sell itself. As it gets more detail
and more information on there it's just wonderful."
And that's just what the mural did, five months into the project the $50,000 goal has been met and even more donations are coming in with the extra funds going towards educational efforts.
Gaudreau says, "It's overwhelming to think about the fact that
people really love this thing, the honks the waves the great jobs that people
keep saying really keep us motivated and keep us going."
Weather permitting the artists will finish up the mural by early November.
To learn more about the project visit their website here: http://keepmansfieldbeautiful.com/beautification/route-106-mural/