For months the Russell County Commission has been working on stages of approval for a mural that will be painted on the west wall of the Russell County Annex building, which is occupied by the Extension agency and the Russell County Board of Education and is located across from the Judicial Building, formerly the old Russell County Courthouse.
The project, spearheaded by Commissioner Chance Corbett, will cost $14,000 and will be paid for by the Russell County Commission as a way to welcome people to the area.
“Many people travel in that area and along with the beautiful work that the City of Phenix City has done with the riverfront as well as the recent Streetscape projects; this mural should be a great way to welcome visitors to the area,” Corbett said. “We know we have parents that visit the Board of Education office as well as people from the community that visit in an effort to learn or seek or help from the Extension Agency.”
According to Corbett, the mural presents scenes from around Russell County to include the Ft. Mitchell Visitors Center, Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery, the Old Russell County Courthouse in Seale, and the renovated Historic Masonic Lodge in Crawford. The center hunting scene recognizes the southern portions of the county, such as Hurtsboro, and the Army soldier parachuting into the left of the mural references the Fryar Drop Zone, which is a field located on the Alabama side of the Chattahoochee River.
Artist John Christian with Go Georgia Arts has been contracted to paint the mural on the county-owned building. He also painted two murals recently in the Crawford area, which includes the Coca-Cola mural on the side of the old Stillwell store.
The mural design was created through a small committee, which included Corbett, the Russell County Extension Director Jennifer Davidson, and Superintendent of Russell County Schools Dr. Brenda Coley.
The final rendition was approved by a unanimous vote of the Russell County Commission. The mural is scheduled to be completed sometime in early October, weather permitting.