More murals in ’14

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mural artist Wes Hardin installs one of 11 panels in Andalusia’s newest mural project.

Mural artist Wes Hardin installs one of 11 panels in Andalusia’s newest mural project.

Andalusia’s newest mural will be completed by Jan. 4, and two additional murals are planned early in the new year.

Pat Palmore, chairwoman of the Murals Committee, met with the Andalusia City Council Tuesday night and shared sketches of the final three panels to be installed in mural that tells the story of cotton in Covington County. The panels include all of the steps in the making of a shirt, from growing cotton, to picking it, to weaving, sewing and marketing a dress shirt. The mural is partially installed at Alatex Industrial Park on River Falls Street, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce office.

This mural will be completed by Jan. 4, when the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “The Way We Worked” opens in Andalusia, Mrs. Palmore said. As part of the project, the Smithsonian will provide produce recordings about each of Andalusia’s murals, and viewers may dial in to hear about them. As well, a brochure is being produced.

Mrs. Palmore also told council members she has secured funding for a mural advertising Andalusia as the home of the World Championship Domino Tournament, and shared a sketch. If there are no licensing conflicts, the mural will feature former Auburn head coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan and former Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant playing dominoes, as they did at the tournament in the 1970s.

It has not been determined where this mural will be painted, she said, but funding is already in place for it.

Mrs. Palmore also told the council the committee has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Alabama Allied Arts Council for a piney woods cattle mural, which will be painted on the Powell Furniture building early in 2014. The funds must be matched, and the committee is working to raise the matching funds, she said.

The piney woods cattle originated from the Andalusia area of Spain. They are longhorn cattle, but are different from the Texas longhorns with which most Americans are familiar, Mayor Earl Johnson explained.

“I’ve seen the sketches for this one, and it’s very interesting,” he said. “He’s drawn a lot of historic detail into it.”

Mrs. Palmore said she will be back to get another mural approved for 2014 as early as January. This one will feature law enforcement and also some of the older businesses in Andalusia, she said.

“It’s going to be a very interesting mural also, and we have three quarters of the money raised on that.”