Bucyrus Community Mural Unveiled On Walnut Street

  • 10/11/2018 7:35:55 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

BUCYRUS, OH - The city of Bucyrus unveiled a new mural on Thursday evening that was paid for and painted by members of the community.

The mural depicts the mascot of the city's annual fall festival, the Bratwurst Festival, along with a logo of the city's upcoming 2021 bicentennial. On the opposite side were mascots of Bucyrus's three nearby school districts: the Bucyrus Redmen, the Wynford Royals, and the Colonel Crawford Eagles.

"Traditionally, they've been rivals," explained Jeff Reser, Mayor of the City of Bucyrus. "We think it's time that we celebrate the advantage that we have, having three really good school systems in our community."

A plaque hangs next to each of the murals, with the inscription reading as follows.

In the summer of 2018, Mayor Jeff Reser asked for project ideas for a mural to be designed and painted on the former B & T building. The idea for this project originated with Kelli Patterson. Kelli brought the ideas to each of the local schools and asked for participation from the schools' art teachers. Mike Striker of Bucyrus, Zac Bauer of Colonel Crawford, and Erin Duffy of Wynford lead in the creation of the mural. Students from each of the school districts also contributed. Shelbee Linn and Alexis Pival were volunteers from Bucyrus. Ciera Pfeifer, Autumn Pilo, and Yzzy Wurm were student volunteers from Colonel Crawford. Samantha Durham was the volunteer student from Wynford. Area civic groups stepped up to fund this project. The Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions clubs, and the local VFW #1078 all chipped in to help make this project come to life. 

The "CommUNITY Unity" mural is about bringing people together. The basis for this project is about reminding the viewer that no matter where they are from, or what school district they live in, they are a part of something bigger. The left side of the mural depicts the Bucyrus community we are all part of. The famous Brattie logo on the left looks toward the Bucyrus Bicentennial logo featuring the Bucyrus courthouse in a silhouette. The word "CommUNITY" is placed under this portion of the mural to reiterate the value of unity in a grand scheme. The right side of the mural pays tribute to the three school districts that intersect the city limits. Bucyrus City Schools, Colonel Crawford Local Schools, and Wynford Local Schools are represented over the "Unity" portion of the mural. The mascots from each school are painted with slight overlaps to remind viewers that the districts combine to create one larger community, and we are all part of a larger whole.

Those who were recognized for their contributions are also listed below.

  • Art Teachers Zac Bauer, Erin Duffy, and Michael Striker (with an honorary helper, Lilly Striker)
  • Art Students Shelbee Linn, Alexis Pival, Ciera Pfeifer, Autumn Pilo, Yzzy Wurm, Samantha Durham
  • Civic Groups Bucyrus Kiwanis, Bucyrus Rotary, Bucyrus Lion’s Club, Local VFW #1078, The Bratwurst Festival
  • Eric Grohe for his advice on how to prepare and paint this mural
  • Sherwin-Williams for help and supplies
  • Clady’s Paint for their supplies
  • Vasil’s for Donor Medallions
  • A-1 Printing for the mural description sign
  • Jeff Dunn and the associated crews for their help in preparing the building

The mural is painted on a building at the three-way intersection of Walnut Street, Hopley Avenue, and Woodlawn Avenue. Those who helped out with to the mural's creation were given certificates and thanked for their contributions.

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