ABC mural coming into view at Samoa Boulevard and US 101

Lucas Thornton making his mural. Photos by Matt Filar

MAJOR MURAL A “Marvelous Mural of Marbled Murrelets,” a named coined by City Councilmember Susan Ornelas, who came up with the idea in 2016, is coming into being at the Arcata Bay Crossing (ABC) building at Samoa Boulevard and U.S, Highway 101. The 256-foot long, 27 foot tall, 7,000 sq. ft. mural offers an aerial view of Humboldt Bay from Fickle Hill, taken from a plein air oil study, above, done by Lucas Thornton. His paint is Novacolor Artist’s Quality Acrylic, with the project to be finished by summer’s end. Above, Thornton on the scaffold. The space in which he works is barely more than three feet wide, between the building and the property fence, just enough for a three foot wide scaffold. The $40,000 mural is funded by $10,000 from the City of Arcata, plus various groups and individuals: Center for Biological Diversity, Footprint Foundation Inc., California Refined Essentials Cooperative, Inc., Pat Bitton, Linda A. Wise, Humboldt Manufacturing, Alexandra Stillman, Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise Community Foundation, Redwood Capital Bank, Mindy Anderson, Law offices of Nancy Diamond, Janet K. Neebe and Benjamin Roy Duff, David Katz and Anne Braak-Katz Charitable Fund, Michael Winkler, Susan T. Ornelas, The Tiferet Center, Inc., Wildberries Marketplace, Robert S. Davies and Christina S. Davies, Kirk Cohune, Humboldt County Bar Association, Tom & Stephanie Perrett Community Fund, Kate M. Krebs, NJ Cavanaugh, Mary Smith, Roger A Sutterfield; Mary Keehn, John Harris, Third Street Suites, Lynne Wells 1994 Living Trust, Mike Wilson, Sandy Scott, Humboldt Area Foundation, Northcoast Horticultural Supply, Inc. Photos by Matt Filar | Union

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