Artist Begins Beautification Project

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

Chipped paint and rusted poles greet visitors who drive under Huntington's 16th Street viaduct to get to downtown. Justin Runyon is a local artist who's been working with city leaders on a unique mural project. According to Runyon, the mural will feature Huntington architectural landmarks, the 1937 flood and local buildings.

Councilwoman Brandi Jacobs-Jones got the ball rolling on the viaduct face lift and hopes it will create a ripple effect. The project will be completed with mostly private money and donations but the city will set aside some funds to help clean, power wash and caulk the surfaces in preparation for the new coat of paint. The entire project will cost $24,000 to complete, a price city leaders say will be worth it to improve the city's image and economy.

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