Will the downtown Quincy mural be restored?
Posted: May. 23, 2016 8:50 am
The building with the mural on Fourth Street in downtown Quincy is having some work done on it, and parts of the mural are being covered up. Will the mural be restored?
Plans are in place to restore the mural. If the weather cooperates, it will be complete before the Midsummer Arts Faire begins on June 24.The 5,000-square-foot mural "Focus" was painted by Quincy artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson in 2013 on the south side of 115 N. Fourth.Maggie Strong, a former president of the Midsummer Arts Faire and mural committee member, said though efforts were taken to prepare the wall for the mural, unforeseen water issues have necessitated more extensive repairs."While we knew there would be ongoing maintenance to keep the mural looking good, we did not anticipate such a large amount of damage three years after installation," Strong said.The building is owned by Austin Properties, which hired Rupp Masonry to permanently fix the water-damaged areas, Strong said. Entrup Painting and Drywall has donated time to paint the repaired areas with a black base coat, and Bock-Nelson will work to bring the mural back to its original appearance.Strong said there is money available in a maintenance fund to buy materials and pay Bock-Nelson for her time, but they will not cover the total cost of the repairs.Donations are being sought to help cover those costs. Donations may be sent to the Mural Maintenance Fund, c/o Midsummer Arts Faire, 1515 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301.People may also contact Strong at firstname.lastname@example.org.