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Auburn welcome mural celebrates city’s history, local resources

A vibrant new mural titled “Welcome to Auburn,” designed by Arthur the Artist, has been installed above Nash’s Framing & Art in downtown Auburn. The mural showcases the city’s landmarks through a vintage postcard style, reflecting its historic surroundings while presenting a fresh modern look.

The project was developed in collaboration with building owners Kim and Jay Pearson, along with community members who contributed ideas and inspiration. The design features big letters, bright colors, and bold movements, embodying Auburn’s pride in its legacy and its forward-looking vision.

Funding for the Downtown Auburn BID mural was provided by the New York State Department of State through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. A&M Graphics was responsible for the mural’s printing and installation. The new artwork replaces a floral landscape mural designed by Peter Maciulewicz, installed by Mack Studios, and funded by the BID over a decade ago.

Each letter in “Auburn” highlights a distinct local landmark. The “A” showcases the Hoopes Park gazebo, a popular destination for prom and wedding photos, and the site of numerous community events. The first “U” features the channel where Owasco River connects to Owasco Lake at Emerson Park, a public park offering various activities and events, while the second “U” commemorates the nostalgic rocket slide that once stood in the park playground.

The “B” highlights Logan Monument in Fort Hill Cemetery, a memorial for Tah-gah-jute, the Chief of the Cayugas, and the resting place for many historical figures. The “R” represents Willard Memorial Chapel, an unaltered Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. masterpiece that serves as a venue for weddings, concerts, and special events. Finally, the “N” features Falcon Park, home to the Auburn Doubledays collegiate summer baseball league, concerts, sports tournaments, and special events.

The new mural pays homage to Auburn’s rich history and its commitment to a bright future, welcoming residents and visitors alike to experience the city’s unique charm.