Local history showcased on ‘mobile mural’ bus

Local history showcased on mobile mural bus

A transit bus is now traveling its route around Chatham while providing a visual highlight of the community’s history.

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The Municipality of Chatham-Kent unveiled the new mobile mural bus on Monday.

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The bus features nearly 30 different references to life in Chatham-Kent, from historical figures to important landmarks, special locations to fun activities, stated a municipal media release.

Some of the notable images include a portrait of Rev. Josiah Henson by local artist Mariah Alexander, an image of Mary Ann Shadd, as seen on the new Canada Post stamp, and a rendering of the Tecumseh Parkway statue, municipal officials said.

Other notable images are classic cars, crows, barn quilts, farm fields, and even a reference to the famous Chatham-Kent invention Hawaiian Pizza, the release added.

The new mobile mural bus is traveling the streets of Chatham. (Supplied photo) jpg, CD, apsmc

“This bus was designed as a moving piece of art, literally and figuratively. It’s a tribute to some of the many things that make life in Chatham-Kent so great,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff in the release.

“We wanted to encapsulate something from every ward, things from Chatham-Kent’s past, present and future,” he added. “We want people to see this bus out and about and be reminded of how awesome it is live in CK.”

The bus was designed in-house and was fully sponsored and wrapped by local business Impact Graphics, at no cost to taxpayers.

Canniff said this is another positive public-private partnership that is a benefit to the community.

Bus wall mobile, Chatham-Kent
The new mobile mural bus is traveling the streets of Chatham. (Supplied photo) jpg, CD, apsmc

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