DERRY — A new mural planned for downtown Derry will put history and the town's buildings in the artistic spotlight.
The mural will take its colorful, painted shape on a side wall of downtown business Cask and Vine at 1 1/2 East Broadway.
Planning Board members heard more details on the mural project at a meeting March 5.
Cask and Vine co-owner Alana Wentworth told planning officials that an internationally-known mural company, Wall Dogs, would be doing the design and painting, set to begin hopefully in June.
The mural will show Derry through the generations and some of the town's most famed historical buildings and times, including the original Nutfield settlement in 1719, the beginning of Pinkerton Academy in 1814, and East Derry native Alan B. Shepard Jr.'s first American in space flight in 1961.
The mural is also planned to pay homage to that original Nutfield settlement in this area in 1719. This year marks the 300th anniversary of those original Scotish-Irish settlers coming here to find a new home.
Last year, a community project — Spudcrows — took off to help support the mural. The scarecrow-like potato heads also pay tribute to the town's first potato and also gave supporters a fun way to purchase the painted burlap potato face that could be filled, dressed and perched in front of businesses, homes, etc.
More Spudcrows are planned for this year to continue to support the mural.
Wentworth said the mural will be done with a specialized overcoat that can be washed in case there was every danger of graffiti or other vandalism. Lighting and surveillance will also be incorporated to highlight the painted design.
Planning board members saw the design of the mural and agreed, it was a nice design and would be a great addition to the downtown. The board approved the project.
"I'm giving an enthusiastic yes," said board member Mark Connors. "And a thank you for you guys doing this."
Wentworth said once the mural is done, there would be an unveiling celebration to show off the new art work.
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