Berlin NH July 29, 2011—A series of twenty-four 4′x8′ mural panels depicting scenes that capture elements of Berlin’s scientific and cultural history were unveiled this week as part of a trio of events celebrating the restoration of the Brown Company Research & Development Building. An article in the Berlin Daily Sun tells the story in greater detail. Click here to read more!
The mural project idea was fostered by a conversation between Jim Wagner (Northern Forest Heritage Park and Brown Company Research and Development Building Rehabilitation Project) and Keith DuBois (NH Department of Environmental Services) about the ongoing destruction to the West Wing of the R&D building resulting from twenty-four damaged windows on the street-facing side. DuBois suggested the idea of having them covered with student art and Wagner, who has worked with the Center for Rural Partnerships on other projects, contacted us right away. PSU Art department faculty member, Tom Driscoll, was enthusiastic about the project and created a course in public mural art for the Spring 2011 semester.
From there, the project grew to include substantial support from community businesses and an array of funding sources. Wagner and Linda Upham-Bornstein provided cultural and historical expertise to guide the students in their design process. PSU student, Kaleb Hart (2011), documented the process and installation in photographs and video.
The panels will protect the building during its restoration and then move indoors to become a permanent exhibit.
Public feedback is overwhelmingly positive. At the unveiling, people volunteered that they altered their routes to come and see the panels and that the images make them feel proud.
The students involved in the project include: Michelle Boudreau, Tara Krebiel, Kristin Sarette, Olivia Benish, Katie Cotoir, Nathan Cote, Sam Smart, Craig Maines, Elizabeth Dalp, Nicole Copple, Meredith Gourley, and Brittany Connors.