Library mural

The mural in the Mansfield/Richland Public Library lobby.

MANSFIELD -- About five months ago, I started trying to run around the downtown area.

And while I huffed and puffed my way around the square, I saw the public art displays created for the Daffodil Festival.

Between wheezes and thoughts about the burning in my legs, was the acknowledgment of the beauty of displaying and creating original public art for all to see.

There is more public art downtown that has appeared since that run.

Hursh Drug has a new mural facing Fourth Street, the Richland County Public Library has an elegant new mural in its lobby. Mankind Murals is continuing to update faded murals.

It got me thinking about the impact of public art on a city, which has since turned into a solutions journalism project that we'll publish on Richland Source in the coming months. 

But first, I want to hear from you: Is there a public building with a blank wall you have always been tired of staring at? Could a splash of color or vivid imagery change the perception of a newly thriving downtown?

Let me know below using our Open Source platform: 

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Staff Reporter

Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.