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Historic Public Mural Commissioned by the Christmas Tree Shops

This mural depicts life in Holyoke, "Paper City" in the early 1900's.  Photographs provided by the Holyoke Public Library, The Heritage Park Visitor's Center, and personal photographs of the area were used in the composition.

This is one of the largest and most challenging murals in my portfolio.  Parts of the mural come out three-dimensionally from the wall.  The "cow catcher", tracks, bridge and cart were constructed by Foam Technology.  Our intent was to enhance the illusion of depth in the design.

A Faux moat runs between the stone wall and the mural.  Paint, glaze, varnish and custom lighting give the illusion of running water.  Water in art is often used to symbolize the flow of life.  Here the Connecticut River is in the foreground of the mural.  The flow of this river and it's canals powered the life of the city and generated it's place in history.


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Detail Detail of Sailboats.

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