RUTLAND - In a move to spruce up Rutland's seamier side, the Downtown Rutland Partnership was happy to unveil a stunning urban mural on the side of the three-story-high, west-facing Rutland Area Food Co-op building at the corner of West and Evelyn streets in downtown Rutland last week.
The giant mural was painted by local folk artist Kathryn Palmer-Wiegers.
Other murals like it are planned by the Downtown Partnership.
The painting shows a classic 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck carrying local produce along a Vermont backroad. On the horizon of the forced perspective image, viewers on the sidewalk below can see the Rutland skyline.
Planned for the summer of 2012 is a photo mosaic image of over 2,000 photographic tiles, 16 inches square. The partnership hopes to raise funds by selling the tiles at $1 each.
The giant Chevy truck mural didn't cost taxpayers a dime-it was paid by the partnership and the Rutland Herald-with some unintentional subliminal advertising for local Chevrolet dealers thrown in for good measure.