Mural Restoration Underway in Downtown Chapel Hill
Muralist Michael Brown is back on his ladder – repainting two of his well-known murals. As part of the Chapel Hill Downtown Plan, Brown has brightened up his “Hands” mural on the exterior of Chapel Hill Dry Cleaners located on West Franklin Street. Brown will also be sprucing up his “Paint by Number” mural on the front and side of Pantana Bob’s on West Rosemary Street.
These murals were originally panted by Brown, a UNC graduate, and numerous high school volunteers in 1990 and 2003 respectively. Some eighteen murals around town were painted between 1990-2004 and sponsored by the Downtown Business Alliance (now the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership). Many publications have published articles about the murals being uniquely identifiable to Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill Recorder website includes a walking tour map and information about all the murals painted by Brown, as well as many others in Chapel Hill and Carrboro (www.chapelhillrecorder.com/murals).
Building murals are subject to time, weather and the occasional graffiti occurrence, which requires periodic cleaning and repainting to keep the murals looking fresh. A successful campaign was launched by the Chapel Hill Preservation Society from 2008-2011 to restore many of the more important murals around town. The current mural refurbishment project, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department continues the effort.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, you may see Michael on his ladder washing, scraping and reapplying paint to his mural masterwork at Pantana Bob’s. If so, stop and say hello. He loves to chat about his work with all who are interested.
About the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Cultural Arts Division
Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Cultural Arts Division develops and implements art programs to increase public access to the arts, provides opportunities for local artists to display their work, and promotes public understanding and awareness of the arts. The Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Cultural Arts division is advised by and works collaboratively with the Cultural Arts Commission, an 11 member volunteer board established in 1992 and appointed by the Town Council.Learn more www.chapelhillparks.org.