CROTHERSVILLE — Linda Seals saw potential in the blank wall on the east side of Crothersville Town Hall.
A town mural painted by Crothersville High School students in 2010 was placed on the west wall of Tanner’s Market facing U.S. 31 or Armstrong Street.
A few years ago, one of the 8-by-4-foot panels blew off and broke in two. Since then, the panels have been in a shed at Seals’ home. She later had Tim Guy repaint the damaged panel.
During a recent Crothersville Town Council meeting, Seals said she found a new location for the work of art depicting the town’s past, present and future.
“I’ve been trying off and on over the last couple of years to figure out where to put it, and I just had a little light come on, and when I looked at this wall outside, I think it would be perfect for it, and it would be suitable for town hall,” Seals said.
While the mural won’t be as high off of the ground as it was on the grocery store building, the council agreed the town hall is a good new home for it.
Councilman Jamy Greathouse said to help protect the mural, it could be possible to put plexiglass sheets over the panels.
“I remember seeing it up there (on the grocery store building), and I think it would be great,” he said.
The council approved the placement of the mural on a 4-0 vote. Councilwoman Terry Richey was absent.
Seals said Dwayne Richey helped hang the mural in 2010 and has volunteered to assist town employees with that task this time around.
The mural coming to fruition 11 years ago fulfilled a longtime goal for Seals, who has long had an interest in history and been an active member of the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association.
She worked with and acquired help from fellow group member Brenda Holzworth, Crothersville High School Principal David Schill, art teacher Adam Robinson, art students and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1083.
The mural shows a train, an eagle with patriotic flair and both schools with the tiger mascot in the center.
The town started as Haysville in the mid-1800s. A depot agent for the railroad company with the last name Crothers said he would get a train depot in the town if the town was named after him. The left part of the mural shows a train to represent the history of the area.
The center panel focuses on patriotism to represent the annual Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival that’s conducted in June.
The right panel includes images of the elementary and junior-senior high school to represent how the community’s children are the future.
Seals said she and Holzworth had ideas for the mural in the beginning, and with input from Robinson and his students, the design evolved.
The students — Jared Davis, Amanda Grace, Rachel Combs and Josh Stockdale — worked on the mural for about two and a half weeks.
“They did a really good job,” Seals said of the student artists.
The VFW and David Tanner, owner of Tanner’s Market, donated most of the money to complete the project.
The mural was finished early enough to be put in place before the Red, White and Blue Festival occurred June 10, 11 and 12, 2010.