Adam Schrimmer, lead artist and owner of Blank Canvas Mural Company, has won the bid to design and paint the first mural for the city of Laurens.
Entitled “Pride of the Piedmont,” the 18-foot tall and 30-foot wide mural will be located at 311 N. Harper St. in Laurens and will look like a postcard. It will feature local landmarks such as the Laurens County Courthouse, Horseshoe Falls, Laurens Glass, the town square, Little River Park and blues musician Pink Anderson inside the block letters spelling out the city’s name. It will be painted over the next few weeks and is expected to be finished by the first week of October 2020.
”I’m particularly excited about Blank Canvas’s mural because it will present to the world that we are a community which values the arts, has a rich and diverse heritage, and shows we are welcoming to all,” said Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn. “We’re grateful for the beauty that this new public art will bring to our city. We know it will enrich our town for years to come.”
Schrimmer was initially contacted by Senn via email to submit a proposal for the mural. He was chosen after the artist selection panel, which was comprised of artists, city representatives, sponsor representatives and community members, reviewed all applications.
“I’m so appreciative for this great opportunity to expand my artistic reach throughout the Southeast,” Schrimmer said. “The mural will pay homage to this city’s history, and also provide a great opportunity for photos. I hope it will become a tourist destination and encourage everyone to visit.”