City Public Works Board Approves Temporary Street Closure for South Michigan Street Mural Project
Midtown Township Trustee Amy Knapp and Heartland Artist Gallery Chair Anna Kietzman presented a plan to Plymouth’s Public Works and Safety Board last week to paint a mural on the west side of the viaduct on South Michigan Street, near Bowen Printing. The plan is to use the smooth concrete slab used by the railroad to repair the deteriorated wall of the mural.
The project was accompanied by a request to temporarily close part of the south lane of Michigan Street starting September 6.e at 16e for the painting project.
Knapp told the Board of Public Works that the township budgets $5,000 a year for an improvement project in Central Township each year. Last year they provided new pool furniture for the pool at Centennial Park.
Kietzman said at the Arts in the Street festival this summer that they offered the public the chance to vote for their favorite style of mural. There were five styles to consider; a Plymouth-themed logo with large capital letters spelling out Plymouth and within the letters various photos of venues and events such as the Blueberry Festival and GO BIG RED. Another option was an interactive mural that allows people to be part of the picture like a selfie opportunity. Other options were an abstract art project and a patriotic choice and a positive message such as You Are Beautiful, DREAM or You Belong Here.
Kietzman said interactive mural and abstract mural tied as the top vote-getters.
Kietzman said the long concrete along the causeway, which is several meters long, is another opportunity for artistic experience and she suggested a monochromatic painting of waves or something similar that could be completed quickly and would be easy. to be repaired in case of water damage caused by flooding or the weather arrives. She suggested using the color of the overpass bridge to paint on it.
Street Superintendent Jim Marquardt told the Board of Public Works that he requested that he pressure wash the concrete before painting and that the city does not have the equipment to perform the pressure washing. .
The project was well received by the Public Works and Safety Board and the members unanimously approved the request to temporarily close part of the southbound lane from Michigan Street to the overpass for the project.
The photos provided were examples and not final illustrations.