Some modifications are necessary to work around five upstairs windows, which weren't drawn into the original design. In a future second phase, he hopes to provide some kind of special window treatment, like operable painted shutters, to complement the mural.
Like other Hamilton paintings, including the three murals he's done beneath Interstate 64 in the Peer to Pier project, his latest design is full of detail. There are buildings, people and animals all crammed together in a colorful swirling panorama of West Washington Street as seen from the Interstate 64 overpass.
You might not be able to tell at first glance, but the old Staats Hospital building is at the left, identified by three white-coated medics gathered around an operating table on the roof and a trio of skeletons below. That's Kelley's Mens Shop at the far right, with a couple of blue dogs patrolling the second floor.
In the center, a motley parade of Union soldiers, dancers from January's Academy, religious figures and musicians head toward Elk River.
Hamilton promises to include images of real-life people, in part to honor some of his supporters. Folks who stop by to watch Hamilton paint could wind up in the mural too.
"He's told me he can put anyone I want in it, and anyone I don't want," Tighe Bullock said.
"Charly gave us copyright rights, so West Side Main Street can put [the image] on T-shirts and bags," he said.
In addition to commissioning the mural, the Bullocks promise to keep it in good condition.
"My company, Gaddy Engineering, will maintain it for five years," John Bullock said.
"One thing we need is some scaffolding. We're hoping the city might provide leftover scaffolding from the pier murals."
Painting could start as early as this week, as soon as workers clean and apply a layer of black primer, he said.
"I've got a deadline of Dec. 1," Hamilton said. "If it goes past that, I'll set up a Christmas tree lot."
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