KNOXVILLE - Local organization Keep Knoxville Beautiful has committed to preserving a train mural painted in the Old City portion of Knoxville.
The mural commemorates the impact that railroads have had on the development of Knoxville.
It was painted in the courtyard of the Love Shack Restaurant on South Central Street by Walt Fieldsa, Eva Allawos and Randall Starnes in 2001. In the 15 years since then, the mural has deteriorated significantly, prompting KKB's restoration.
The group said it's more important than ever to preserve the mural after the music history mural on East Jackson in the Old City was painted over by the building's owners.
"The Knoxville Historic Train Mural is our only remaining mural and we are passionate about restoring it as soon as we can," said the group's Executive Director, Patience Melnik. "Restoration work of this kind becomes more difficult and costly as the original artwork fades with time."
KKB has created a fundraiser through Indiegogo with a goal of $4,500 to pay for the artists' time and supplies.
The owners of the train mural's building, Laura and Shawn Lyke, have guaranteed the mural's protection and are in support of the revitalization process.
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