Franklin Public Art Commission approves new mural for Berry Farms Publix after initial rejection | Community

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The Franklin Public Art Commission met on Wednesday to discuss three potential new murals.

The Commission has approved a new mural on the Publix side of Berry Farms after rejecting earlier plans.

Representatives from the Boyle Development Group returned to the Commission with their updated plans for the mural, which included more context surrounding the room’s size and significance.

The group chose Tarabella Aversa as the muralist for the piece. Aversa will incorporate symbols important to the Berry family into the piece, including Avalon Berry’s horse, Nelly, an image of her mother in her truck, the farmhouse that still exists, and flowers listed in the original design plans for the farmhouse. .

In total, the room will span 404 square feet, spanning the currently plain white wall along the side of Publix. Boyle Development Group wants the coin to fully reflect the importance of Berry Farms, both its history and its modern uses.

The Plans Commission’s prior denial prompted the chairman to present the group with Order 2017-29, which outlines the need, role, and responsibilities of the Franklin Public Art Commission. Since this ordinance was only created in 2017, the president reminded the board that their roles are still evolving.

That said, the Chair urged the Commission to remember that art is subjective and therefore the specifics of the art itself should be left to the discretion of the artist. The president suggested that previous discussions of the Berry Farms mural had delved too deeply into the specifics of the art itself, with the Commission expressing opinions about the beauty of the work as opposed to its relevance to Franklin.

Some Commission members pushed back slightly, reminding their fellow commissioners of the distinctions between art on public property and private art, arguing that the Commission has a duty to ensure the beauty of public art.

However, all commissioners ultimately concluded to keep these suggestions in mind when receiving plans for the future as the Commission continues to carve out a role for itself in the Franklin community.

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