Online Voting Open for Downtown Wheeling Mural Design

Wheeling Heritage is asking the public to vote now and select a mural that will greet visitors coming into downtown Wheeling.

Wheeling Heritage has selected four artists as the finalists to paint a mural at Kossuth Park, located at the base of the Interstate 70 east exit ramp onto Main Street.

The public has until Jan. 31 to vote online as to which project they feel is best suited for the site and community. Voters must register with the site before voting, and can only cast one vote at a time.

Residents can choose from mural concepts from submitted by four local artists — Amanda Carney, Mimi Albon, Samuel Starkey and Sherri Mestrovic. A conception of each artist’s vision and how it will look at the park is contained on the website.

“These murals are a nice mix of some modern and traditional elements of Wheeling,” said Alex Weld, project and outreach manager for Wheeling Heritage.

Each artist has provided on the website a description of their work, and how they will involve the community in making their mural a reality, according to Weld.

“Not only will the public get to decide what goes in the park, they will be participating,” she said. “It makes the project more public, and epitomizes what public art should be.”

The winning artist will be announced on Feb. 1, and will receive a $4,500 commission to do the work.

Weld said Wheeling Heritage hopes the mural will be in place by April.

The mural project is a partnership between Wheeling Heritage and the city of Wheeling.

Requirements are that the mural be 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall, and the scale of the piece should be designed for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. It will be added to a freestanding structure to be constructed by Walters Construction of Wheeling.

Online votes on the mural can be submitted at wheelingheritage.org/art.

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