2010-10-13 / Front Page

Largest mural getting bigger

by Terry Toole

Things are looking up around Colquitt. The newest mural being created may not be completed for the International Mural Conference coming, but it will be getting pretty close. The top of the mural is over 100 feet high. Largest mural Things are looking up around Colquitt. The newest mural being created may not be completed for the International Mural Conference coming, but it will be getting pretty close. The top of the mural is over 100 feet high. Largest mural The 100-foot plus mural that is being created by muralist, Charlie Johnston, has amazed people in and out of this area as he singlehandedly has put layer after layer of primer and coating on the huge silo before the art work began. The mural is now taking place, and we can get a glimpse of what is in the making. It’s peanuts, and rightfully so, since the tallest building in this area is owned and operated by Birdsong Peanut Company, and the huge silo is, or will be, loaded with Georgia peanuts.

The getting ready to start the newest mural began back in August of this year, and the work to prepare the surface of the silo for painting the mural went amazingly fast for the the one man show from Canada.

Muralist Johnston goes up about 30 feet to put on some of the paint in the hands of the peanut farmer. Muralist Johnston goes up about 30 feet to put on some of the paint in the hands of the peanut farmer. A number of admirers said that he is one working man. Be it 120ยบ, or in the 50’s, he would be going up with a bucket or two of paint or primer.

After Colquitt became the First Mural City for Georgia, the committee didn’t stop planning.

You would think after completing 13 murals all over the city, the committee would take a rest. Not this bunch. Under the leadership of Pat Bush, the biggest of the biggest was in the planning.

The silo mural may not be finished when the Global Mural Conference comes to Colquitt starting October 26. It will be close enough to dedicate to those around the world who attend the international conference.

We have another chance to show our southern hospitality to the world.

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