GRANDVIEW - A mural added to the passageway leading from the public parking area in downtown Grandview to Division Street is now complete.
The idea came about as part of Grandview's Downtown Alive project was envisioned and the passageway will feature latticed overhead lighting, benches or other seating, as well as a pleasant walkway.
The mural was budgeted between $20,000 and $25,000, according to Interim City Administrator Cus Arteaga, who is also the director of Grandview's public works department. He said the city began a search for ideas when in the planning stages of the Downtown Alive project and set aside funding from its own coffers for the artwork.
After looking at various mural ideas and visiting Toppenish, it was decided Canadian Artist Bill Ross would be contracted for the work, said Arteaga.
The actual idea for the painting, Arteaga shared, came about as a result of his work with the Centennial Committee last year.
"We (the committee) saw pictures of the old Grandview train depot and Toppenish has something similar," he continued.
Ross is an experienced mural artist and his grandson, Rick Peciulis, joined him in early June to create a masterpiece comprised of two merging photo ideas.
The mural features the historic train depot with "farm to market" scenery behind the depot.
Ross, shared Arteaga, also took a number of photographs of the old depot himself. He traveled to Sunnyside where the depot sits as an office for Dr. Hugh Shiels to ensure the historic integrity of the depot depicted in the mural.
"It is meant to feel as if you are walking past the scene," explained Arteaga, adding, "It is two photos in actuality."
Arteaga's son, Jeff, was meant to help the two artists as a "gopher," but it was soon discovered he, too, possessed some artistic talent.
"I didn't know that about him," Arteaga shared of his son, stating the new high school graduate was called upon by Ross to assist in painting the mural as well.
The trio completed the mural in approximately three weeks time.
The final cost to the city of Grandview was $16,000, giving the city funds it can now allocate toward other projects.
"We can use the money to repair sidewalks, for example," shared Arteaga.
A sealant, he shared, will be applied to the mural to protect it from UV rays and graffiti, completing the project and keeping the painting for future generations.
Those visiting downtown Grandview cannot yet walk the passageway, as there is still much work to be done. But, a glimpse of the mural can be obtained from the sidewalk on Division Street or the alleyway behind the Grandview VFW.