SUNRISE INTERVIEW: Eau Claire Murals get new home

Where have the neat downtown murals gone? The murals that were up for several years on the building at 2 S. Barstow have found a new home in Banbury Place! For the public to enjoy, the murals are now all located on the walls in Building 6, amongst the variety of businesses. The area is now called the Mural Art Gallery.

In 2004, designer and artist Cecelia Cronk thought of the idea to paint murals on the façade of the Barstow building, replacing all of the broken windows. A leader and proponent in this project, the City of Eau Claire's Redevelopment Authority, made money available to purchase needed supplies for the project, as did RCU. Many local artists, builders, other local businesses, and volunteers then worked on making these murals a reality for passers-by to enjoy for many years.

With the sale of the building at 2. S Barstow earlier this year, the RDA, not wanting the murals to be destroyed, kept them stored in a secure storage space. The RDA asked Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. to facilitate the murals' future. A DECI committee discussed several options for repurposing the murals, before deciding to place them in Banbury Place. Co-owners Jack Kaiser and Patti Kaiser at Banbury have preserved the art with a fresh coat of sealant and a few other touches and have placed them in the public walkways of Building 6.

Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication on Thursday, Oct. 25. A reception will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m.!

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