|Project by DaleMaley||posted 08-23-2016 11:09 AM||526 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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, http://dalemaley.webs.com/