Originally completed in 2005, the mural created by David Fichter depicted moments of historic significance in the Town of Amherst. The mural included portraits of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Mabel Loomis Todd, Noah Webster, and many others. It highlighted life within Amherst during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
This mural was found on the back south wall of the carriage shops until 2016, when they were demolished to make way for the new mixed-use building known as One East Pleasant. As part of the approval process with Archipelago, the developers of the property, the Town required space on the south facing side of the building where the mural could be recreated.
The original Mural had to take into account windows, doors and other mechanical equipment. Yet, the new wall was void of any windows or other such distractions. Mr. Fichter took his original design filled in the spaces where the windows were placed and added more depth to the mural by softening the top edge with extended vegetation and buildings. At the end of 2018, the Historical Commission approved the new depiction with actual work on the wall starting at the beginning of May 2019. After cleaning the wall and putting a layer of primer over the brick, Mr. Fichter created a grid on the brick to transfer the images of his smaller drawing to the actual wall. He is being assisted by two helpers and will soon have volunteer students from UMass to help him through the summer.
The team paints when the weather allows and the goal for completion is sometime in the fall of 2019. Anyone is welcome to take a walk through the West Cemetery to see the progress taking place on the south wall of One East Pleasant. If you go on a sunny day, you may just see Mr. Fichter and his team hard at work creating this historic work of art.
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