City of Ships, mural, Bath Maine
This is the mural I painted in the summer of 2016 for the Maine Street Bath organization. It is 4 x 22 feet, painted on Alupanel – 2 side aluminum panels with a plastic solid core, one surface enameled for paint. I used 1Shot signage enamels.
The mural is installed on a curved wall which fell in well with my design idea of having all the forms bend and twist around each other. I tell the story of Bath’s history and the importance of ships, travel, ship building, ice cutting…this is a town with a rich maritime story from the earliest days of ships of sail through and into the 21st century of ships of steel and beyond.
The mural references Bath Iron Works, Bath City Hall, the trolley. For more than 50 years, before the age of electricity, ice cutting was a major industry for the Kennebec river. People cut blocks of ice from river and adjacent lakes and ponds and shipped it south all along the eastern seaboard and as far away as the a Caribbean islands. Kennebec ice was prized for its clean and pure color and flavor.
No history of ship building in the Americas could be complete without a major section on Bath, Maine. Ships from Bath have been known in the ports of the world for many centuries.