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.