A walkway in downtown Beaver Dam will be brightened with new artwork this summer, adding to the collection of public art already in place there.
Beaver Dam High School art teachers Kelli Dercks and Sarah Kruger and Wayland Academy art teacher Justin Behm started work last weekend on the murals, which will go on the walls in the walkway next to American Bank on Front Street that leads to a small square behind the bank and Beaver Dam River.
After a daytime false start on Friday, they projected images onto the brick wall in the evening light to draw silhouettes that will depict people engaged in various activities. The silhouettes will go directly onto the wall.
Dercks said panels for other parts of the artwork were just delivered to the high school and will be worked on over the summer to be finished in the fall when students return to school. Art students have been working on ideas for the artwork during the recently ended school year, including colorful “wings” to be painted on the walls to be used as photo backdrops.
The new murals, joining the already 15 historical pieces throughout downtown Beaver Dam, are not the only changes to that particular walkway. The path was redone last year with brick paving on the ground, joining new landscaping throughout the downtown area as part of ongoing revitalization efforts. The walkway also has new string lighting overhead and new benches that have been placed throughout downtown.
An ad hoc art committee has been working on the project as well as other opportunities for public art in Beaver Dam.
Also getting attention this year is an alley behind Front Street between Spring and Center streets. Construction recently started there to rebuild it and make it more attractive and usable. Portions of the alley will become more visible as the city removes a former dry cleaning building next to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre to create a parking lot.