Two of three GuitarTown murals on one Main Street building downtown will be moving.
Waukesha's Plan Commission on April 26 unanimously approved relocation plans for the "Building GuitarTown" and Carroll University murals, which currently sit on the east wall of a vacant first-floor retail building of the Main Street Plaza apartment complex, 234 W. Main St.
There are no plans to relocate a third mural, sponsored by ProHealth Care/Waukesha Memorial Hospital, on the same wall.
City planning staff recommended relocation of the murals because of the planned construction of the new five-story Clearpoint apartment development, which will be immediately east of the Main Street Plaza building. The new apartment building will hide those murals from view.
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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 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.
Almost all of them were painted on boards or panels then attached to the buildings they decorate, which means they can be moved again and again without much trouble.
However, no relocation sites have been proposed for the ProHealthCare mural, according to GuitarTown Steering Committee member Rick Congdon, who's also a former city plan commissioner.
"We're still looking for a plan for it," he said.