"One is the West Virginia sesquicentennial. We can tie this to the sesquicentennial: June 20 is one day before FestivALL starts.
"I've also talked to people at the state level," he said. "If we do this project at the state level as a West Virginia project, we stand a good chance of getting funding from the state. If we make this a statewide initiative, try to engage artists across the state, we could get up to $30,000.
"And there is a private enterprise who has expressed interest in helping out," Blackstone said. "It looks optimistic."
Painting of some of the piers could cause safety problems because the columns stand close to traffic lanes, Brannon said. Similar problems last summer forced the city's Traffic Engineering Department to devise a safety plan involving warning signs and orange cones along the Boulevard.
"On the north side [of Virginia Street], piece of cake -- lots of room on both sides," she said.
"On the south side there's not a lot of space between the piers and the berm. So we would be looking at some kind of traffic control. I'm not saying it's not doable, but there are some pretty major hoops to jump through."
In addition, stains running down some of the columns indicate stormwater leakage from an expansion joint that runs above the columns, she said. Several artists complained last summer that runoff from expansion joints caused problems.
A grassy area at the west end of project zone could provide additional opportunities, Brannon said.
"We'd have to work with the Division of Highways, but there's room for some interpretive signage. Right now we don't have anything that explains what the project is all about."
With 20 murals completed and 12 more planned, Peer to Pier is reaching a good size, said Joe Denault, a West Side city councilman.
"We're starting to get to a critical mass where you can print brochures and attract visitors."
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