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. Local artist Chris Dalton (a recent Welcome To Sanford Artist of the Week) painted this piece to honor our military men and women. She 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 and in the entire state of North Carolina. It honors 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 to stare at a nearby milk carton.
Another recent completion in summer 2018 is located on the Sanford Rent-All building facing Wicker Street. This piece is yet another Chris Dalton original that recognizes the role that tobacco played in our region for several decades. Like the dairy mural, this work also includes three dimensional elements and features “Old Rip,” patiently working in the tobacco field.
Downtown Sanford has also experienced a recent renaissance of advertising “ghost signs” in the past 18 months. This is the process of retouching some old wall advertisements to return them to their previous glory. To date, commissioned artists have completed work on signs for Sanford Business College and some old Coca-Cola displays. Scheduled for restoration in the first half of 2019 are ghost signs that will feature Snowdrift flour and the old Lee Furniture building.
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.