Mainstrasse Mural to Be Removed, Remembered to Make Way for Mixed-Use Development
For nearly ten years, the mural named "An Epic of Time and Town" has captured the attention of visitors to Covington's Mainstrasse Village.
On Sunday, the city and the developer of a forthcoming mixed-use residential and commercial project will bid the image farewell.
The mural will be decommissioned during an event on Sunday, April 28.
Created by artist Christian Schmit and developed through Artworks in the summer of 2009, the mural is designed like pages of a storybook, illustrating the people and places of Covington. Artworks describes the mural as featuring "Covington’s historic figures, residents, and mischievous, colorful animals who lead the way through a whimsical landscape of the city’s most-cherished landmarks."
It was painted on the side of the former John R. Green warehouse and store, which distributed and sold products for school classrooms.
The site will be developed into the John R. Green Lofts by RealtyLink and will include 177 apartments, 11,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and a planned neighborhood market. The project is expected to open in the spring of 2021.
“Saying goodbye to a mural such as this is difficult for many people, and I want to acknowledge the importance and impact the mural has had on the Covington community. RealtyLink looks forward to continuing to pay homage to the history and character of Covington through our John R. Green Lofts project.” said developer John Whitson.
This is the second mural in Covington to be removed to make way for a mixed-use development. "The Divine Proportion of All Things", another Artworks project in Covington, was long emblazoned upon the large wall of an historic building that was razed to make space for the Duveneck Square apartment and retail project, which is now completed and open.
Mural "Divine Proportion of All Things" before its removal in 2016 (RCN file)
Sunday's event for "An Epic of Time and Town" is set for 2 to 3 p.m. at 411 West Sixth Street in Covington, and will include several speakers, commemorative items, and coloring pages for kids.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher