Block party celebrating mural completion set for Sept. 29

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Set to begin work on the S & W Feed silos along Veterans Highway on Monday, Sept. 16, artists Key Detail and Julia Yu-Baba will also be on hand for a block party celebration of the completion of the project on on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Courtesy photo/Key Detail

A months-long project involving fundraising, artistic selection, prepping and painting is expected to wrap up by the end of September, and the public is invited to a community block party to celebrate Putnam County’s newest (and biggest) mural.

On Sunday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Highway will be closed to traffic in order to accommodate bounce houses, a stage for music and public addresses, food and drinks and more.

The celebration will include short statements by artist Key Detail, Mayor Bill Dory and Chris Flegal, along with music by Tad Robinson. Other community leaders from across the state are expected to attend.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from The Putnam Inn, Mallow Run Winery, Wasser Brewing Company, Almost Home and other businesses.

“This project has culminated in the entire community coming together—whether it was to donate, select a style or share their excitement on social media,” said Flegal, who leads the volunteer group promoting the Putnam County Mural Project. “We are excited to celebrate this incredible new gateway to our community together.”

The event is being sponsored by Crown Equipment Corporation, Buzzi Unicem and the Edward Jones office of Jacqui Ellis.

Significant in-kind gifts are being provided by Tad Robinson, Greg’s Audio Support, Big Bounce Fun House Rentals, Mallow Run Winery, Upland Brewing Company, Baker’s Septic Services and Jack’s Trash Service.

Key Detail will begin painting the four large grain silos at the corner of Veterans Memorial Highway and U.S. 231 in Greencastle on Sept. 16, and expects to finish by Sept. 29.

The Putnam County Mural Project seeks to enrich lives by engaging the community in participatory mural projects that activate spaces, build artistic capacity and celebrate Putnam County’s heritage.

Committee members include Alexandra Chamberlain, Chris Flegal, Eric Freeman, J.D. Grove, Kate Knaul and Kristen Fuhs Wells.

Learn more about the project at or by following @putnamcountymuralproject on Facebook and Instagram.

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