Nobody likes when something cherished is taken away.
So it’s understandable that residents were distraught last October when they learned that Autumn, a mural by David Guinn that overlooked a parking lot on the 600 block of South 9th Street, was going to be covered by the construction of a new townhouse.
Many residents protested the new construction and attempted to raise the funds necessary to purchase the lot, but ultimately they failed. The townhouse was constructed over the decade-old mural that had been part of Guinn’s Seasons Series for the Mural Arts Program.
However, residents need not lament any longer, as news came last week that Guinn would be returning to the neighborhood.
The new Autumn-inspired mural will be painted on the westward-facing wall of the Fleisher Art Memorial building, on the 700 block of Catherine Street. The wall overlooks Palumbo Park. “I stopped by to see where the new mural will be,” said Michael Schreiber, a local historian. “I’m happy that Guinn is painting a new mural. Autumn was so lovely, why wouldn’t someone want that in their backyard.”
“I just don’t understand why they would have it face the direction traffic flows,” Schreiber said. “No one driving will be able to see it.”
Work on the new mural was commissioned by the Mural Arts Program and is expected to begin in late August or early September.