Historic murals in small park

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Project by DaleMaley posted 08-23-2016 11:09 AM 482 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I volunteer on a local citizens group to improve the quality of life of current residents of our little town, plus attract more visitors to dine and shop.

Our little town has a lot of history, and we thought the addition of historic murals would help bring some of this history to life. One option would be to hire the Wall Dogs to paint murals on the sides of our buildings, but there is a 5 year waiting list to get them, plus a total cost of around $20,000 per mural.

Many river towns have concrete flood walls, and they paint murals on the flood walls. In Central Illinois, we don’t need any flood walls. So we developed a new idea for our project. We designed and erected a pressure-treated wood frame work to hold our murals. The murals are local historic images that are printed using a 52 inch wide printer. The printed decal is then attached to a 3/8” thick aluminum sign material. I made custom 7/8” wide quarter round out of pressure treated to hold the 4×8 foot murals in place.

I designed the frames, so that in future years, new murals can be rotated in and out of the display easily.

I donated my labor and the total material cost was less than $7,000 for our project. About 1/2 the cost was printing the murals. A local charity foundation covered the material cost of the project.

So far, the local citizens enjoy the murals, and we get many visitors who stroll through and check them out.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 08-23-2016 02:02 PM

Good job. Looks like a nice, peaceful town .

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#2 posted 08-23-2016 03:19 PM

very nice …....nice to hear good news from a town ….........GREAT JOB


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#3 posted 08-23-2016 05:07 PM

Small town America is still the best towns of all!
God idea and well laid out also. Pressure treated is mena to work with as there is no actual straight piece. making the job even more difficult.

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#4 posted 08-23-2016 05:45 PM

Good job. Looks like a nice, peaceful town .

- JoeinGa

Yes, Fairbury, Illinois, population 3,800….nice little town

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 08:34 PM

Combining History and Woodworking – I LOVE it. My City Park District is doing something similar – but in metal and plexiglass instead of wood, and spaced out on the walking path that circles the entire park instead of in a line. I like your idea better, in my City I think only the real History fans are going to walk the whole circuit to see everything. Ours are designed to be permanent so after you see them all, there is no reason to come back again – while you plan to keep them coming back for more. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 08-23-2016 08:51 PM

I believe the appropriate word is “historical,” rather than “historic.”

Oxford Dictionary:
Historic means ‘famous or important in history’, as in a historic occasion, whereas historical means ‘concerning history or historical events’, as in historical evidence; thus a historic event is one that was very important, whereas a historical event is something that happened in the past.

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#7 posted 08-26-2016 06:42 PM

As someone with two degrees in History, I am not offended by the misuse of “historic” and “historical”. As long as people are talking about History, I’m happy. But if you REALLY want to get picky, the correct grammatical usage is “an historic event” or “an historical event” using “a historic” or “a historical” in a formal paper will automatically lower your grade with any professor of History – Oxford educated or not. Now back to enjoying some fine woodworking projects.

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 02:35 AM

Nice job!

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