- Posted November 8, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
The Walls of Wittenberg
This past weekend we traveled to a small town named Wittenberg, WI. We wanted to see what people in the area were talking about concerning this community painting its walls with giant sized murals. The town, with a little over a thousand people, suffered when a new highway bypass was built nearby. Traffic, which once drove through the town, now could miss it in the blink of an eye. It was hard for a business owner to keep their open sign hung. Many closed and left vacant old and decaying buildings. What this small town is doing about it is inspiring.
Bobbi and I grabbed our camera and drove 30-miles east of Wausau. It was probably one of the last nice fall days here in Wisconsin. This week snow is expected. The weather was perfect for November.
When we arrived, we were glad to have made the trip. Everywhere you looked a different business had beautiful murals painted on them. We saw a town alive with bright and unique designs. The paintings reflected what the business did inside.
We enjoyed a nice meal and walked around trying to find as many as we could. It had a nice small town feel to it. The veterinarian building had a nice mural representing its love to help animals, and the fire department has an amazing piece next to it. I liked the pool table and billiard players best. Bobbi’s favorite was the small family restaurant, Gus and Ann’s, with a little girl climbing up to a flowerbox to look at flowers. The artist did a good job at portraying the real time atmosphere of good cheer inside.
In 2005, a group of concerned residents went on a mission “to bring out the beauty and unique character of the Wittenberg area in a way that revitalizes the downtown, honors the history of the area, and attract visitors.” The cost has come from private contributions and fund-raising. Three projects students from the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School system helped with.
When I read on their website, the question of whether it will “save” Wittenberg, we liked what it shared “already the murals have brought visitors, a 24/7 art gallery, and a new sense of community pride.” We look forward to seeing new ones in the future.
Some interesting photography and a short photo slideshow uploaded. I think we missed a few murals. Thanks for the view. There is a nice website and more of their story at link.
Slideshow put to music at Youtube link.