Waukesha Plan Commission approves Carroll University GuitarTown mural
Joins 13 others that were painted two weeks ago in downtown
The final mural that is part of the second phase of the Waukesha GuitarTown project representing Carroll University was approved by the Plan Commission Wednesday night.
It joins the 13 murals previously approved and that were painted on downtown buildings two weeks ago.
The mural was the only one that was not approved at a July 24 Plan Commission meeting, because Commissioners said it didn’t represent Carroll’s rich history.
However, the Plan Commission liked the updates the Carroll University artist team provided.
The new mural shows black and white images (the past) on the left side before transitioning to a modern, brighter look with a Carroll building in the middle and a logo on the right side as well as students and the Carroll mascot (the present). It also has the statement “We are Pioneers of Note" at the top.
“It’s what Carroll represents,” Commissioner James Hoppe said.
Alderman Vance Skinner said the updates "have made huge strides."
This mural will be painted on the Main Street Plaza Building, 234 W. Main St. It joins two others that were painted during the Aug. 3 art crawl weekend.
Originally, two were planned at that location (the Carroll mural and one sponsored by ProHealth Care), but the "Building GuitarTown" mural sponsored by Spancrete that was supposed to be at Mainstream Bar & Grill, 404 W. Main St., switched to this location.
Kerry Mackay, the spokesman for the mural project, said 12 of the 13 are finished with the only one still being worked on is at Gallery One, 507 Broadway.
That is one of the only murals that is being painted across an entire wall and not on a panel.
When all of the 14 are completed, 19 murals will have been painted on downtown buildings this summer.
Five, representing music legend and Waukesha native Les Paul, were painted during the Waukesha GuitarTown festivities in June.
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