|Above is a mock-up done by artist Curtis Goldstein that shows a computer generated version of what a new mural celebrating Reynoldsburg’s history will look like.|
Walking through Olde Reynoldsburg will be like walking through a history of the city for visitors and residents of the area.
Leadership Reynoldsburg, part of the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit group in its inaugural year, developed the idea of creating a mural as its first community project to celebrate the city’s heritage.
"It is good for communities to be in touch with history to have a connection to their environment," artist Curtis Goldstein said of his newest project.
Goldstein was one of several submissions for the project to bring the six major areas of historical significance in Reynoldsburg.
Included in the criteria were military service dating back to the Revolutionary War, National Road, Alexander Livingston’s commercialization of the tomato, the Underground Railroad, agriculture in the community, and the tradition of an excellent educational system – symbolized by the Hannah Ashton Middle School, the oldest school building still in regular use in Franklin County.
"I believe in history and community," said Goldstein, who grew up on the East side of Columbus. "Columbus is in need of a strong wave of heritage and enlightenment."
Sonia Postema, a member of Leadership Reynoldsburg, referred to Goldstein’s work as dynamic.
"It’s not going to take one or two glances to see everything," she said.
Barth Cotner of Cotner Funeral Home, donated the west facing wall of his building to house the mural.
"It was a perfect fit," said Shannon Mills, a member of Leadership Reynoldsburg. The building, already undergoing renovations, had the required prep work completed for beginning the mural.
Sherwin-Williams Co. on East Main Street also donated paint and supplies needed to complete the project, and Bobcat Enterprises also on East Main Street donated the usage of a lift.
The project is estimated to cost $20,000 in addition to the already donated items.
Leadership Reynoldsburg is raising the funds by holding a Community Street Banner Sale. Those banners will be displayed along East Main Street in Reynoldsburg from Jackson Street to Brice Road.
Application forms can be printed out from the Reynoldsburg Chamber of Commerce Web site. Information is also available at city hall.
"In this economic time, it’s hard to get donations," Miller said. "We’ve had to open this to the community to say they want to be a part of it."
Goldstein began the project last weekend as part of the Olde Reynoldsburg Community Day. He said the mural is a work in progress and is in its beginning stages at this time, but it should be completed in the next few months.
Goldstein’s other works can be seen on display through Oct. 23 in the Ohio State University Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Mall, with an opening Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.