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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The "Lancaster's Art Scene: Part I - Street Art Galore" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Driving the city streets of Lancaster searching for some of the alleged 37 murals that adorn the buildings, fences, roofs, ceilings and garages in this city of visual, auditory and performing arts.  Lancaster has it all ... and it gets better all the time.  I wrote a story a few years ago about a few murals that I had viewed in the city and at the beginning of this summer I wrote a story telling of the many decorated pianos that could be found throughout the city that allowed anyone who might be tempted to sit and tickle the keys a bit to do so.  
Gretna Bike Shop sports this neat mural on the side of it's shop.
Click on any of the photographs to enlarge them.
Well, recently there was an article in the local newspaper telling of the vast amount of street artwork that has recently been added to the art scene in the city. So, I just had to see for myself.  Began by examining the map of the city that was presented in the paper that showed the location of the 37 spots where there was artwork.  I picked a variety of locations and began my journey with my camera near my childhood home near the north end of the city.  First stop was on Jackson Street where I found a bicycle shop that had an exterior wall covered with a fantastic mural which featured the drive mechanism of a bike.  
Mural featuring former Mayor Richard Scott.
Then it was south on Prince Street to Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstor- mers inde- pendent league baseball team, where a $30,000 mural was made to honor the former war hero and mayor of Lancaster, whose passion for baseball was responsible for bringing back professional ball to Lancaster.  Now, rather than tell you about the murals I visited, I'll take you on a visual tour of some of the artwork that makes Lancaster such a fantastic city in which to live.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

Across the street from the baseball stadium is this mural which is painted on the of the local YMCA.
Enlarge this mural so you can read it.  It is on the ceiling at the entrance to the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in the center of Lancaster City.
This beautiful mural, titled Lancaster City, is painted on a fence along Grant Street in the city. 
Located in the southeast end of the city is this mural depicting a painter at work.  It is across the street from the Two Dudes Painting Company on Poplar Street.
I traveled a few blocks from the above location to the Lafayette Elementary School where a retaining wall was covered with a series of paintings, all fantastic as individual paintings.  The school's parent's group helped raise funds to have the paintings done.  The following three photographs are parts of this mural.
This mural is just past the Eastern Market Building on East King Street.  It illustrates the different cultures that live in the city of Lancaster.
This is on a wall above a parking garage and is off of Grant Street.  To me it resembles the alleyway that I had to drive through to get to the mural.
As you can see by the vehicles, this mural is painted on the wall of a building that has parking next to it.  It is titled "Welcome to the West End" and is found at the corner of West Walnut and North Mulberry Streets.

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