SPARTA, Mich.—Some fresh murals are beginning to grace the outer walls of businesses in downtown Sparta.
The first of three murals went up on the old Wolff’s Drugs building at Union and Division a few weeks ago. In the next few weeks, a second piece will be installed on the exterior of the Historic Commission Offices at 71 N. Union; the final mural will grace the wall of Freeland Chiropractic at Division and Maple.
The pieces are the work of three finalists in this year’s “Art in Sparta Mural Review,” organized by the Downtown Development Authority. The artists painted their work on a piece of material, which is then mounted onto the walls. DDA Director Elizabeth Morse says the pieces are guaranteed for 10 years, but the village is willing to work with business owners who are concerned the artwork will inhibit selling their space.