Last week’s Throwback Thursday feature focused on the work Liz Whitmore and the City of Sanford’s Appearance Commission have done over the past few years with the innovative downtown mural program. Since space limitations prevented us from sharing all of the artistry with you, we’re back for a second helping, beginning with the World War II tribute called Off To War. Muralist Chris Dalton painted this piece to honor our military men and women and also sponsored it. Off To War is located at the corner of Carthage and Moore Streets.
A more whimsical art piece is the first 3-D mural in the collection, honoring the long-standing popular Fairview Dairy, which has been a Sanford mainstay for approximately 9 decades. This mural, also a Chris Dalton creation, allows her to utilize painting and sculpture elements to create a work of art where curious cows appear to actually peek out of the picture.
Speaking of “peeks,” here is a sneak peek at the next mural, which is scheduled to be completed sometime in spring 2018. Located on the Sanford Rent-All building and facing Wicker Street, this piece recognizes the role that tobacco played in our region for several decades. Here is a rendering of what it will look like.
Spring and early summer will also be ghost season in Sanford, as commissioned artists complete work on ghost signs that feature Snowdrift flour, the old Lee Furniture building and Sanford Business College, as well as some faded Coca-Cola signs. Here we see the current condition of the wall where touch ups will occur for Snowdrift.
Editorial content, pictures and research background , compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase. All book proceeds go to Sanford’s Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.