ELYRIA — From the first brushstrokes across the two brick walls that border Pioneer Plaza, Elyria residents knew the downtown bicentennial mural project would be a sight to behold.
Full of color and dotted with the faces of well-known Elyrians, those murals have become a talking point.
Now, a third mural is being commissioned for the east wall of the Suzin L. Chocolatier building at 230 Broad St.
“This will be the official bicentennial mural,” said Mayor Holly Brinda. “It will prominently feature Heman Ely, the founder of our city.”
Brinda said the painting of the mural, led by local artist and project manager Dave Pavlak, will start soon.
Pavlak said Tuesday that he can’t wait to get started.
“The first two were so much fun to paint, and I know this one will be fun, too,” he said.
Pavlak said he hopes to have the mural completed by the Aug. 5 bicentennial parade, but that will depend on when he starts. He is waiting on access to a bucket lift from the city, supplies –— some of which are being donated Sherwin-Williams, power washing and priming of the building and final approval of the design from the Elyria Planning Commission, which is routine for such projects.
Once Pavlak gets started, he will paint the face of Heman Ely onto the building along with historic buildings and the city seal in a design that will measure 60 feet by 30 feet once complete.
“This will be smaller and with less depth than the other murals that were painted to resemble a streetscape,” he said. “But it will still be beautiful.”
Pavlak, who decades ago painted murals in downtown Amherst, said he is still surprised at how Elyria residents have fallen in love with the first two projects.
Pioneer Plaza is used each Saturday by the Invest Elyria Farmers’ Market. One mural is on the east side of the J.C. Bail Bonds building at 320 Broad St. and another is on the west side of 336 Broad St. on the side of Elyria Art Works.
“So many people have loved them. It has made the project fun,” he said.
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