Church Street may be getting an extra splash of color this spring.
Members of the current Douglas County Chamber Leadership Douglas Class have taken the initiative to use the west side of the 4th Time Around Antiques and Interiors building as a mural for downtown as their service project. The group collaborated with community members who provided input for the Downtown Master Pan when they decided to bring the proposed artwork to the Douglasville City Council.
The mural would "beautify the area, provide an attraction and a photo opportunity for residents and tourists,” Cultural Arts Council Interim Executive Director Emily Lightner said at Thursday night’s council meeting.
Lightner added that it would "inspire the community" and "be a gift that Douglasville can enjoy for years to come.”
Symbols of Douglasville like the Hydrangea Festival, the railroad tracks, the budding movie industry, and other popular historical components are examples of things that could be featured on the wall, according to Lightner.
Jeff Riggan has been tapped as the artist for the mural. Riggan has done work for Universal Studios, Nickelodeon Studios, and the city of Hapeville among other places throughout his career.
The goal is for the project to be done by April and to have a celebration for the completion in May.
The project is expected to cost the group $2,500 and another $300 annually for mural maintenance. Leadership Douglas members plan to cover the costs through a variety of fundraising efforts.
There might be a little legal work that needs to be done before the project can be greenlighted, however, according to Douglasville Chief Assistant City Attorney Suzan Littlefield.
“I would encourage them to seek an interpretation of the definition of a sign, and I think they could be accommodated,” Littlefield said.
Several council members said they believe the mural is a step in the right direction for the city.
“I’m excited about this,” Mayor Pro Tem Richard Segal said. “This is something that we definitely need in our community. A project that people can get excited about, people can come there and take pictures, selfies. I think it’s a great idea and whatever we can do to make it happen, you’ve got my support.”
Councilman Terry Miller said he believes that just the thought of this project pushes the city closer towards building an identity. Miller said he was also a part of the discussion process for the project.
“Developing arts in this community we can make Douglasville known for the arts,” Miller said. “That really can put us on the map in a number of different ways. So it’s exciting, the timing is right, especially with the TV and movie industry recently discovering Douglasville as well. I think there’s definitely a bright future for the arts in this community."