The near west side neighborhood of Franklinton has been experiencing a lot of activities and redevelopment, many of them based on the arts in the existing warehouses.
One of the highlights of the year for the neighborhood is an annual event known as Urban Scrawl. This event features a number of artists painting murals on large surfaces.
The artists took various measures to maintain focus in the very crowded space.
Some works were two people efforts.
There was a diverse collection of artists and subjects, but all appeared to be very talented.
Close ups show the details within each painting.
Collectively they made a great scene.
The work was completed over one weekend. We visited mid afternoon Sunday.
Urban Scrawl is one event that is always worth visiting each year.
In our travels we have seen half of the state capitals in America without really trying. Amazingly we had not seen the Pennsylvania state capital, despite having lived in that state for many years. Since we were in the area we stopped by.
We were immediately blown away by how ornate the interior is.
The walls and ceilings have decoration throughout, with stained glass and other impressive features.
The rotunda has medallions and lunettes.
The chambers are equally ornate.
The rotunda has an amazing ceiling. Who knew Pennsylvania had such an amazing capital.
Newark, Ohio is a city of 50,000 located 30 miles east of Columbus. While the entire Licking County area is growing in population thanks to the proximity of Columbus, downtown Newark has seen better days.
The town however, appears to be working hard to spruce up downtown, and as a result has some nice areas popping up.
The center of town is dominated by the 1876 Licking County Courthouse.
Just to the south of the courthouse is a farmers market area facing the backs of the buildings on the courthouse square. They have made good use of this area by painting a number of well done murals, although this one is marred by the unfortunate location of the garbage cans.
Apparently in the early 1900s farmers shipped their produce via Fedex.
The streetcar in the mural was built in Newark.
A well designed parking deck added symmetry to the scene.
While some buildings are awaiting restoration…
The train station has been restored and is used as offices by a local business.
But the highlight of the day is in the next post – the Historic Licking County Jail!