MINTO - In an effort to invest more on its downtown cores, the Town of Minto wants to install two more murals in town.
Town staff will be asking Minto council to authorize a mural agreement in the Village of Clifford and artist agreement with Blaze Wiradharma at its Tuesday council meeting.
In 2020, the Town of Minto installed four murals in downtown Harriston as part of mural mania and the rural economic development funding.
Since the project was very well received, the Harriston rising committee and all aboard Palmerston committee requested artist Blaze Wiradharma to return to Minto to paint murals in each of their communities once again.
In addition to the four murals the Town of Minto installed in downtown Harriston, the municipality will be installing two more – one mural will be placed on Gramma Jo’s Restaurant in Clifford, while the other will be placed on a town-owned building, the Palmerston Pool.
“Public art is an important element in our downtowns and adds to the quality of place in a community. The committees feel the addition of murals will continue to improve the aesthetics of the downtown core,” stated in a staff report.
The Clifford mural will be 16 feet long and 8 feet high, which will come to a total fee of $3,000. Meanwhile, the Palmerston mural is 20 feet long and 8 feet high with the total fee coming to $3,500.
The cost of the murals, which includes the panels and installation, falls within the 2022 budget allocated for streetscapes under the economic development department for capital projects.
Angelica Babiera, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com