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Main Street Mural - 23rd Mural - Re-Creation of the Original Graham's Mill Bridge Mural
504 Washington Street, Chillicothe, Missouri

Artist Completes Chillicothe's Newest and Largest Mural
By Jaime Saucedo C-T July 5, 2017
Chillicothe muralist Kelly Poling completed his latest mural, a recreation of the Graham's Mill and Bridge mural at the downtown green space at the corner of Washington and Clay streets. This mural is the third version in the same location, and the 57th mural that Poling has painted since 2000. The original mural at this site was painted by Anthony Udovich in the early 1990s. In 2003, Poling was asked to touch up the original mural. A few years later, he completely repainted the mural on concrete panels that were fastened to a wooden structure. The structure was taken down a few years ago because of safety reasons, and the wall had been blank since then. Recently, the wall was resurfaced, and Poling was asked to recreate the mural for the second time. This time, with an improved painting surface, the mural is 100 feet long, 35 feet tall and is the largest mural that Poling has painted to date.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Murals usually take Poling anywhere from 10 days to two weeks to paint, but this one took just nine days. "I was up here from six a.m. to about three p.m., then I'd take a break, because it's the hottest part of the day," said Poling. "Then, I'd paint for a couple of hours in the evening." When asked about his process in maintaining proportions and to paint the picture to scale, he said that he used a grid process that provides him with markers throughout the painting and across The wall. He then uses those markers to move across the 100-foot canvas, according to his designs. This mural is unique because it is his second recreation of the Graham's Mill and Bridge mural. When asked what differences one might notice between the paintings, Poling stated that this mural is brighter than the previous one.

In Chillicothe, Poling has painted 23 outdoor and 10 indoor murals, to date, and he doesn't anticipate slowing down any time soon. He is part of future plans to fix the mural at Silver Moon Plaza and expects to paint another on the Arts Guild building by the end of summer or early fall. Those projects will be followed by potential works in Stanberry, Carrollton and Marshall, Mo.

June 21, 2017 - Progress Photo

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

C-T June 19, 2017 - This week you will be able to catch Kelly Poling working on the latest mural, made possible by Main Street Chillicothe and Chillicothe Development Corporation. Chillicothe's 23rd outdoor mural is a re-creation of the Graham Mills Mural and is going up on the wall at the greenway at Washington and Clay streets. On Friday, people were stopping watch a little and take pictures of the early stages of the painting. All of these murals show the history of Livingston County before the 1950s. The 24th mural coming before years end, is set for the southside wall of the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.

C-T Photo / Jaime Saucedo

C-T 06 07 17 - The south exterior wall of the building at 504 Washington Street is being prepped for a new mural. The wall was once a showpiece of downtown Chillicothe and featured a mural of the picturesque Graham's Mill Bridge. The mural had to be removed in 2012 for safety reasons. Main Street Chillicothe purchased the building last year and made renovations inside and out and now has it rented for residential use upstairs and commercial use on the street level (occupied now by All Strong Fitness). A possible completion date is June 30. The mural will be similar to the previous one showing Graham's Mill Bridge with a twist. The renovations, including the mural, are financed by local public investment through the Neighborhood Assistance grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

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