Mansfield’s Route 106 Mural Project Moving Forward
The Mansfield Mural Committee project to paint a historical mural on the walls of the Route 106 underpass near the Mansfield North Common is moving forward. The mural will depict Mansfield’s rich history, beautify the underpass, and attract businesses and visitors to the downtown area.
With a vote of support from Mansfield residents at this spring’s Town Meeting, work on the painting will begin early this summer.
Below is a revised sketch of the proposed mural design that illustrates muralist Ian Gaudreau’s concept.
Ian’s design incorporates feedback received from a recent survey of Mansfield residents and downtown business owners about the proposed mural. Of the 531 people who took the survey, 72% indicated they believe the mural will enhance the appearance of the underpass. To learn more about Ian’s original proposed design, read his essay.
As in many towns and cities that have murals, we expect this project will help revitalize the train station area, the Mansfield North Common, and our downtown area. The North Common will soon feature a new gazebo that will provide an excellent vantage point from which to view the mural. A ledger key will also provide historical information about each of the mural’s vignettes.
Funding for the mural and its upkeep will come from grants and donations. At this time, the Mural Committee is seeking funds or pledges of support from businesses and individuals. If you wish to contribute to the project or are interested in volunteering to paint, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The five-member mural planning committee includes representatives of the Mansfield Music and Arts Society, the Mansfield Historical Society, the Art Department at Mansfield High School, Keep Mansfield Beautiful, and a local artist.