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A giant-sized mural depicting some of Hampton, Iowa’s most iconic features has been completed. It took months of planning by the Greater Franklin County Area Chamber of Commerce, the generous use of a building owned by financial advisor, Belen Krabbe, and twelve days of painting by artist Ricardo Ramirez.
The Chamber had implemented their Alley Art Program through the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program. The mission of Main Street Iowa is to improve the social and economic well-being of the state's communities by helping them capitalize on their unique identities. Once the Chamber decided exactly how they wanted their community represented, they enlisted Ramirez’s design expertise and artistic talents to bring this vision to life.
Chamber members also enlisted assistance of other resources, including the Iowa Waste Exchange, to obtain some of the needed materials and equipment. Alley Art Program Committee member, Sister Carmen Hernandez of La Luz Hispana, contacted Area 2 Resource Specialist, Shelly Codner with a needs list of equipment and supplies.
In turn, Codner obtained nearly 500 pounds of weathered and worn vinyl-backed draperies, otherwise destined for the landfill, from a Des Moines metro area institution that was replacing them. The draperies were used to protect the landscape as it was being painted, and served as drop clothes throughout the duration of the project. In addition, Codner collected and delivered gently used brushes, rollers, roller pans and paint poles from private companies in Mason City and surrounding areas. Diamond Vogel of Mason City provided paint.
The official completion of the project, including the artist signing his work and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 5, 2016.
For more information regarding the Iowa Waste Exchange visit www.iowadnr.gov/FABA.