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'Heritage Wall' Mural a Community Art Project

Main St. design committee and local sign company team up to offer competition to design pedestrian walkway along Jackson Street.

A Port Washington man’s mission to highlight Port’s history and artistry includes a new opportunity for the community.

Would-be artists and designers are invited to submit a design concept for a mural along West Jackson Street in Port Washington, making the expanse of wall into a pedestrian-friendly walkway.

The winning concept will be chosen by the Main St. design committee. The purpose of the competition is to educate, inspire and express the unique heritage of this historic city through visual communication, according to Adam Brown of Sign Effectz, Inc. / AFX.

“We want to let people who are inspired by the project to come out and help design it,” Brown said.

The competition is sponsored by Port Washington Main St. and Sign Effectz. Brown, a Port resident, is on the Main St. design committee.

Submission deadline for the competition is January 1st. The entry form can be downloaded from Sign Effectz’s Facebook page or the Port Washington Main St. website.

The Heritage Wall competition is not limited to professional artists. In fact, Brown is encouraging any artistic community members, including students, to submit a concept design.

Nor is there any limit on creativity. Sign Effectz, which builds and install signs and public art, has the capability to bring different types of artwork into existence. Recently, they made headlines for building a gigantic coffee cup for Stone Creek Coffee corporate headquarters in Milwaukee.

The only limit is that the competition hasn't had much of response yet.

Brown’s hoping to generate interest in the project and to art in general in Port Washington.

“I’ve been trying to get more involved locally to bring art into the town," Brown said.

"Mural art is one way to do that. It’s also a great way to unite the community.”

In the future, Brown would like to bring back some of the city’s distressed pop art –the Bernie’s Meat sign is a perfect example of the city’s historic pop art.

“It’s in our heritage and it shows how cool our town is,” he said.

A recent project of Brown’s in Port includes the Ruach outdoor sculpture at the First Congregational Church. 

Howard Hinterthuer November 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Plant ivy. Murals are a maintenance headache. We will regret a mural.
CatMM November 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The last time my husband and I were up in Plymouth, we were very impressed with the wall murals. Here is a video of them. Very cool! http://www.plymouthwisconsin.com/murals.html
Chris Brown November 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Very Cool Video.
Mike Quill November 26, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thanks for sharing the video of the murals. Those murals capture the heritage and spirit of the community!
PWCG December 25, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Our Community is built around raising Families, our Children are our Memories to the Future, Suggestion: There are a lot of Artistic Students in our Community, TJ Middle School and Port High School, I believe with the assistant of the Art teacher selecting the Best of the Best, providing a section for each student or a group project.
James Meyer December 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The senior class at the High School should use it as a "canvas" to get out an inspiring message that embodies that particular senior class. It would change every year with each new senior class. The message could have programs built around it and the art classes could design the image / artwork.

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