It started with paintings of Mickey and Mini Mouse – since then, the downtown Statesville art discussion has become somewhat of a saga eventually leading to a art permitting program.
Back now to WSIC’s Elizabeth Lynn who has the latest on that process.
“The city of Statesville continues its art permitting program offering free permits to those wishing to paint murals on their buildings. Public Affairs director Nancy Davis says any downtown business can have a mural as long as it’s reviewed by the Design Review Committee and approved by city council. If a business applies for and receives an Art Wall permit, different art can appear over the course of a year. Currently, the only takers are the New South Gallery on Center Street. The Mohammed Ali mural got painted over because a permit was not issued, while Prince remains standing. Davis stresses that going through the proper channels will benefit everybody.”