MILLVILLE — The municipality will join Cumberland County’s two other cities in having a downtown mural with a distinctly local flavor.
The Holly City Development Corp. is financing an up to 2,700-square-foot mural on the side of a building at High and Broad streets.
The $40,000 project will serve as a sort of decorative entry point to the city’s business and arts districts on High Street, said Main Street Millville Executive Director Marianne Lods. Artists have done murals along High Street for years, but nothing of this size, she said.
“It will be our biggest undertaking,” she said.
And, what will be represented in the mural will come from lots of local input. The artist or artists who make it through the selection process will meet with groups such as the Millville Neighborhood Alliance and Art Creates Excellence, along with the general public, in July to decide on the theme.
“That will be important, because we want the community input on what they fee are the important features of the municipality,” Lods said. “We all the (Maurice) River and history, but the people of Millville, and how they view themselves, is also important. We want the community to embrace this in every way.”
The mural will adorn a wall of a building at 530-532 North High Street that’s owned by New Jersey Community Capital. The wall became visible when an adjoining building was recently demolished, Lods said.
“We got their go ahead,” Lods said of approval from New Jersey Community Capital to paint the wall.
The mural is scheduled for completion, pending weather conditions, no later than Dec. 4.
Vineland and Bridgeton already have downtown murals, both of which were completed in 2012, and both financed by $40,000 grants from PNC Bank.
Vineland’s 99-foot-long mural rises above 600 block of Landis Avenue. The mural contains an oversized image of Vineland’s founder, Charles K. Landis, along with brightly colored images of grapevines, dandelions, buildings and other people that play a large role in the city’s history.
Bridgeton’s mural is at Culinary District Park and consists of about 55 panels attached to a wall of a building that overlooks what once was an abandoned lot. Feature in the mural is the Cumberland County courthouse, the local famous “Seven Gables House” and boats on the Cohansey River.
Like Millville’s planned murals, the public had input into the contents of the murals in Vineland and Bridgeton.
Artists interested in participating in Millville’s mural project can make an appointment to view the mural site, or just get more information about the mural and the official request for proposals, by contacting Marianne Lods at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 856-293-0556.