PICTURES OF THE PAST: Jeffersonville Main Street installs ‘monumental …

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A 1924 image of the Flatiron Building, which currently sits across the Court Avenue and Pearl Street intersection, hangs from the side of Benton’s Fine Jewelry after Thursday morning’s installation. The Flatiron mural is one of 10  historical murals to be hung throughout Jeffersonville, which are planned to be completed by the end of the month.

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015 7:45 am

PICTURES OF THE PAST: Jeffersonville Main Street installs ‘monumental memories’ downtown


News and Tribune

JEFFERSONVILLE — Ghosts of the city’s past will soon tower over Spring Street, giving onlookers a glimpse of what the downtown corridor looked like decades ago.

Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. is installing 10 historic photographic murals on the sides of downtown buildings that depict the streetscape over the years in sepia tones.

“We just thought it would be a nice connection with our past and bringing that to the present,” said Jay Ellis, executive director of Jeffersonville Main Street Inc.

Two of the murals were hung up on the sides of the Clark County Museum and Benton Fine Jewelry on Thursday.

The project is called Monumental Murals and is funded by a $10,000 grant from Indiana Main Street. Jeffersonville Main Street Inc., the Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission and the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Association pitched in an additional $10,000 to double the funding.

“It’s meant to raise awareness and celebrate downtown,” Dawn Spyker, Jeffersonville Public Arts Administrator, said of the grants.

Ellis said the organizations kicked around ideas of different formats for the murals, such as paint, before choosing the photographic medium.

“It’s a really dynamic display of art and photography and history here downtown,” he said.

Once all the murals are in place, Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. will install identification placards at the bases of the historic photographs.

Spyker said she played scribe for about seven hours while three Clark County historians — Jeanne Burke, Roger Fisher and Flora Clipper — recounted the histories of the 10 murals.

“We have stories that go with each photograph,” Spyker said.

The placement of each picture was carefully chosen so that the murals show the location’s past.

Benton Fine Jewelry displays the 11-foot-tall by 16-foot-wide photograph of the Flatiron building that once sold taxi service across the street.

Most people don’t know that Benton used to be the garage for those cabs, Spyker said.

Jim Benton, owner of Benton Fine Jewelry, which has been in business since 1952, said he thinks the murals look very nice.

“I love the idea,” he said.

Other locations to be outfitted with the photographic murals include Red Yeti Brewing Co., Grinny Possum Fiber Arts, The Locker Room and the News and Tribune.

Frames made from aluminum surround each mural and allows Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. to switch out the photos in a few years if they choose.

“The idea is that they don’t have to stay there forever,” Spyker said.

Community members submitted their historic photographs in March to be considered for the murals and Budget Print Center scanned them.

Spyker said Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. will be selling CDs that displays all submitted photos with a voiceover telling the history of each and music composed by a local artist playing in the background.

Those CDs will be sold at a dedication event for the Monumental Memories on an undecided date and other events hosted by Jeffersonville Main Street Inc.

All 10 murals will be installed by the end of June.

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