Volunteers Sought to Paint Mural on 8th Street Underpass

8/13/2012 / Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- Volunteers are needed Saturday, Aug. 18, to help improve the appearance of the 8th Street underpass in downtown Huntington by painting a new mural on the underpass wall.

The mural design will include some of the features of the existing mural as well as incorporate other aspects of Huntington such as river and rail, according to a prepared release. The project is a collaboration of the Huntington Young Professionals Committee, the Rahall Transportation Institute and Bulldog Creative Services.

"We wanted the new design to reflect the current city of Huntington as well as pay tribute to its roots - river and rail," said Christine Borders, vice president of the creative division at Bulldog Creative Services. "We also wanted to respect the existing mural, so we incorporated the roses and skyline with the new elements and utilized a bolder color scheme."

Work on the underpass will begin Friday, Aug. 17, and is expected to be completed the evening of Monday, Aug. 20. Community volunteers 18 and older are invited to join the effort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Volunteers should contact Matt Lockhart, YPC community development chairman, at tlockhart@huddlestonbolen.com or Bethany Williams, RTI project coordinator, at bwilliams@njrati.org to sign up. A waiver of liability must be signed by each volunteer and will be provided at the work site.

The project is paid for with funds that the YPC received from the Cabell County Commission. The money was designated for a community beautification project.

"After seeing how successful the 10th Street project was last year, we felt like this was the perfect opportunity to bring all of the key players in that project back to the table to see what we could do to 8th Street," said Michael Misiti, YPC's project coordinator on the 8th Street underpass. "The viaducts are a major part of the infrastructure in Huntington and it isn't that often a group like ours has the opportunity to work on such high-profile projects."