New murals are coming to Johnson City in 2021!
Mural at the I-26 Overpass at N. Roan Street
The theme for this mural project is Body and Earth in Motion, Wellness and Peace Within. The mural design will showcase the many outdoor activities that people engage in within the Johnson City area (hiking, camping, biking, canoeing, kayaking, running, sports, etc.). Many people are drawn to Johnson City because of its proximity to a wide array of outdoor recreation areas. Due in large part to the outdoor amenities provided within the city, residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles while enhancing their connection to the natural environment. The mural will be installed between April and June of 2021.
Mural on Commerce Street (Between Main & Market Streets)
The mural design for this space highlights our region’s Appalachian heritage, giving special attention to bluegrass music, quilting, and our mountainous landscape. The mural will cover both the upper and lower walls at 116 and 118 W. Main Street and will face S. Commerce Street. This project has been coordinated by the Public Art Committee and the Blue Plum Gives Back organization. Blue Plum Gives Back has been working to bring a music-themed art piece to downtown Johnson City in order to showcase the important role that regional music plays in our community. Artist Annie Hamel will install the mural in 2021. View Hamel’s previous work at https://www.anniehamel.com/.
Mural Restoration in Majestic Park
A Highway Runs Through It was installed by artist Bill Bledsoe in the mid-1990s in celebration of Johnson City’s 125th birthday. The mural theme highlights the unique attributes of the city, especially with regards to its role as a thriving metropolis in partnership with an established farming community. The mural has faded significantly in the past 25 years and is in need of restoration. Bledsoe plans to restore the mural during the spring of 2021.