Two of the city's well-known GuitarTown murals could soon be on the move.
City planning staff has recommended relocation of two of the three murals placed on the east wall of a vacant first-floor retail building on the Main Street Plaza apartment complex, 234 W. Main St., because when the new Clearpoint apartment development – which will be immediately adjacent to the Main Street Plaza building – is constructed those murals will be hidden from view.
According to city documents, new locations have been selected for two of the murals – the "Building GuitarTown" mural and the Carroll University mural – but a location for the third, the ProHealth Care/Waukesha Memorial Hospital mural, remains pending. No new locations for that mural have been proposed, the documents said.
The plan commission is scheduled to review the relocation plans at its April 26 meeting.
The murals were created in 2013 as part of a public project, dubbed GuitarTown, aimed at celebrating the city’s art and music culture and as a tribute to Les Paul, a music icon who was born, and is buried, in Waukesha.
If the relocation proposals are approved, the "Building GuitarTown" mural will be placed essentially at the opposite edge of downtown on the west wall of the Mainstream Bar and Grill, 404 W. Main St.; the Carroll mural will be relocated to the north wall of 916-918 Clinton St., facing the entrance to the municipal Clock Tower parking lot.
The commission could explore alternative locations, as well.
Clearpoint will be a five-story, 64-unit apartment complex. It is expected to be complete by mid- to late-2018.