A brief ceremony held in downtown Wabash at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, will dedicate a new mural at the northeast corner of Wabash and Canal Streets. The mural is part of a long-term plan to create a number of public art works here. The project includes new bike racks, benches and trash receptacles, which have already been installed in the downtown area.
The mural, the theme of which was inspired by elements of Wabash history, features a scene from a vintage postcard showing downtown Wabash Street from just south of its intersection with Canal Street. Eric Schoening, Vertical Communications, drafted the design of the mural, which was then created by artist Rick Fischer of Deco Illusions LLC, Roanoke.
Wabash Marketplace directs the art project, which is funded in part by a grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Local matching funds have come from the City of Wabash, the Economic Development Group, Quality Electric, Dorais Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC, Modoc’s Market, the Wabash County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Honeywell Foundation, Manchester Main Street and The Ford Meter Box Foundation. Arts United of Fort Wayne provided an additional grant.
“These funds from both our state and our own generous community represent an incredible commitment to public art and creative place-making in Wabash,” said Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Wabash Marketplace.