Cherokee Mural Artist Wants View Unobstructed
Edwin George writes to city leaders about mural at 237 N. Water St.
The artist of a mural adorning the building at 237 N. Water St. has lent his support to preserving the neighboring green space and the view of his art work.
Former Kent resident Edwin George, who now lives in North Carolina, wrote to members of Kent City Council and the Kent Planning Commission Aug. 21 regarding plans to locate the Kent Wells Sherman House on the lot next to the Scribbles Coffee Company building.
George, a full-blooded Eastern Band Cherokee, painted the mural in 2005. A former resident of Silver Oaks Place George moved out of Kent a few years later when an oil well threatened garden space at the former retirement complex.
His hand-written letter is attached to this article.
How the house is situated on the lot has been of concern for both city officials and members of the non-profit Kent Wells Sherman House Inc., which is organizing the house's relocation.
The planning commission approved a site plan Sept. 4 that puts the house 13.5 feet back from the sidewalk with the goal of preserving the view of George's mural.