Murals: A Sight to See
By Rebecca Johnston, Canton Resident
WINGS MURAL OFFERS HOPE
In an alleyway named Wall Street, muralist Sage Recchia painted Woodstock Wings on the side of an old cotton warehouse in summer 2020. The mural honors children fighting cancer as well as the families of children fighting cancer. The brick warehouse is now the office of Fathom Realty. Owners Anita and Ken Corsini had the mural painted following their experiences when their son Rocco was diagnosed with cancer.
The son’s treatment was eventually successful, but the experience led the couple to want to help others. “Forty-three children are diagnosed with cancer each day. It isn’t as uncommon as you think. And it’s awful, it’s unbearable, and I wish I could make it all go away,” Anita writes. “Unfortunately I do not have that power. However, we do have the ability to help in the fight against childhood cancer—to help fund research for the development of new drugs that have fewer side effects—to help doctors create tailored treatments for children, because none of them are the same—to love and support families who are in the thick of extremely difficult and trying times. Unfortunately we know firsthand how difficult this journey can be.”
LEGS THROUGH TIME
When strolling along Railroad Street by the old Canton Cotton Mill built in 1899, now The Mill on Etowah, will be sure to enjoy the striking mural along the sidewalk.
HISTORIC NORTH STREET MURAL
Canton is also home to a series of murals along North Street in downtown that internationally known mural artist Scott McIntyre, who resides in Canton, painted several years ago. The murals along the backs of buildings that face Main Street show the downtown as it once was, giving viewers a chance to imagine what once was, while also focusing on the present and future of historic downtown before many homes and businesses were torn down and replaced.
The murals were an early Main Street project, done along with the Cherokee County Arts Center.
WOODSTOCK MURAL HONORS HISTORY
In Woodstock the past and present meet along Mill Street in an arresting and entertaining mural that Annalysa Kimball painted in 2015. Replacing a mural that commemorated the city’s centennial celebration in 1997, which had been painted on a building that has been torn down, the newer mural features a number of scenes and even some familiar faces.
A building on Chambers Street is the site of a third mural in Woodstock, a giant postcard touting the city. It too is a popular spot for visitors to snap photos. The oldest mural in Woodstock, the artwork is the brainchild of artist Debbie Tidwell. The mural is often used as part of the city’s annual Scavenger Hunt, when participants team up to gather photographic evidence of their journey through one hundred locations around Woodstock.
BALL GROUND BALLFIELD MURAL
Much has changed in Ball Ground since the early 1990s when now Councilman John Byrd painted a mural for the dedication of the city’s ballpark, after it was upgraded with help from Cherokee County.
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