Feb 082011

Pontiac, Ill. — The design for a new mural in downtown Pontiac was approved by the City Council at its meeting Monday night.

The mural, which will be located on the west side of the Encore Shoppe building, was originally scheduled to be designed by the renowned Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. However, Waldmire died in late 2009 before he could complete the mural. The mural just approved will now honor Waldmire and incorporate his likeness and his work into the overall design.

The mural will be finished and dedicated during the the annual Red Carpet Corridor celebration on Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-8 2011.

Ellie Alexander of the city’s Tourism Bureau asked the council’s persmission to commission a mural depicting the last art work of Waldmire. Waldmire’s family donated his two vehicles, a bus which is located behind the Route 66 museum, and a Volkswagen van, located inside the museum.

The 66-foot-long mural will be made up of 16 panels, most 8-feet-high, except the three last panels to the south, which will be several feet higher.

Diaz Sign Art was given $15,000 to complete the project. Like the WallDog murals of 2009, Pontiac residents and area artists will be invited to paint some of the mural as well.

Copyright 2011 Pontiac Daily Leader.

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