Two artists are putting the final touches on Richmond's mural at Millstone Park.

Geoff Murphy and Graham Allen, from SQAUREPEGS Studio and Design, began work the weekend of June 12.

According to one of the graphic designers, Richmond resident Graham Allen, the city recently reached out for interest in promoting the arts and contacted the duo late last year.

"It was really exciting for us," Allen said. "Lori Murphy-Tatum (the city's tourism director) and Rob Minerich worked with us, and it has been a wonderful experience," he said.

He said the design was established to help compliment the new pocket park, featuring elements that would intrigue both older and younger audiences. For example, some of the filigree along the outside trim of the piece was inspired by photos and stories highlighting the original mill in The Richmond Register.

"Some of the attention to it was from some equity we pulled form the city, some of which The Richmond Register used to do in older publications," he said.

City Manager Rob Minerich agreed the mural is a piece that helps tell the story of Richmond.

"The addition of the Zaring Mill mural in Millstone Park is another piece of the puzzle in telling Richmond's story," Minerich said. "The mayor and the commissioners are committed to revitalization of our downtown area and the newly created Mill District."

The mural's inception was done in part to bring alive the former, rich mill history that once was thriving in Richmond. Another goal is to bring awareness to the new Millstone Park and Mill District, which has become the new identity of the city.

In determining what would be showcased along the brick wall of the Allstate offices, Minerich and the city commission felt featuring Zaring Mill, formerly located where Family Dollar is on Main Street, would be the best.

Commissioner Ed McDaniel also gave kudos to city officials, saying this was a big priority for the group since their election in 2018.

"The mural project is something this commission has been on board with from day one," McDaniel said. "The Millstone Park mural is a representation of some of Richmond's history and hopefully is one of many to come. It is also humbling to have seen the community's support they have given on this particular project. Speedy Denny and the city manager have played a vital role in its success."

According to previous columns published in The Register, J.W. Zaring, the mill's owner, came to Richmond from Shelbyville and called his product Zaring's Patent. The building had been built and occupied previously by Potts Bonanza Mills. However, it was torn down in 1955 to make way for a Kroger complex.

In a commission meeting last week, Minerich informed the commission of tentative plans to hold an unveiling of the project's completion on the morning of July 4.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter @TaylorSixRR.

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