As we reported earlier this week, a grant from the Wyoming Main Street Program through the Wyoming Business Council will go to protect the second mural overlooking Crazy Woman Square in downtown Buffalo.
Jennifer Haskins, with the Buffalo Downtown Association (or BDA) had written the grant application and recently heard of the approval of funds for the project.
She tells us how the BDA got involved with the project.
Travis Lawrence, with the Vision Buffalo Commission (or VBC) said there was an oversight early in the project, but they finally realized with the first mural on the Hitching Post Building that some kind of protection would be a wise investment, and they funded that mural's treatment through a change order during it's creation. He said there just wasn't enough funding to treat the second mural, which is when Haskins stepped up, offering to help by applying for the grant.
Jenny Wuerker, her husband Aaron, along with Marchel Kelly, created both murals overlooking the square.
The Weurkers will be applying the sealing and protecting components to the second mural on the Margos' Pottery Building.
She said the paints used in the murals chemically bond to the masonry in the walls and are guaranteed by the manufacturer not to fade for 100 years, but these protections will help with other possible damage.
The grant, includes $1,000 for flashing and gutters and $3,500 for the sealer/protectant.
The VBC and BDA are now awaiting the final “go ahead” paperwork to proceed with the project.