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Artist preps for Mural at Haymaker Farmers Market

Art work will adorn columns and lintels of Haymaker Parkway overpass bridge

Old started to give way to new this morning, as Kent artist and Kent Patch columnist blasted graffiti and old paint off the supports of the Haymaker Parkway overpass bridge.

Hullihen is the artist chosen to paint a new art mural on the supports and lintels of the bridge to celebrate and mark the spot of the , which holds its weekly open-air market in the shadows of the bridge on Franklin Avenue.

Using a power washer, Hullihen and a few volunteers worked to remove the old paint and graffiti to prep the surface for , which will incorporate scenes of the market and Kent’s history throughout.

The mural is expected to be finished this summer. To read Hullihen's coverage of the Kent arts scene, .

Sarah Laegel June 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I really hope no one bothers her mural while she's making it, I'm sure it'll be over a series of a few days since it seems it will be so large.
David Badagnani June 07, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Fantastic! I love the huge ears of corn.
Matt Fredmonsky June 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
@Sarah, an interesting aspect of large art murals is that graffiti taggers typically do not paint on them. I was talking to the owner of the Scribbles Coffee building this week, and he said in the 10 or so years since Edwin George painted his mural on the north side of the building it has never been touched or vandalized.
Brett June 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
hoping for everyone involved the best of luck. nothing like making a mural and listening to music outside! Vibrant Wishes!
Elaine Hullihen June 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thanks all! In for a break and back out this evening. We're just chip chip chipin away.
Kris Betts June 07, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I'm proud of you, Elaine. Lets hope that the "graffiti" artists learn a lesson from you and become true constructive artists who aim to beautify.
Robert Elliott Ingersoll June 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
This is great - exactly the type of thing we should be doing!
Lisa Regula Meyer June 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I'm so excited to see this mural take shape! This town has some amazing artists of all ages, and I love seeing their work become part of the public space. Thanks, Elaine!

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