Mural approved for pedestrian plaza restrooms

The Stillwater City Council has approved a public art installation on the exterior of the restroom facility at the pedestrian plaza between Water Street and Main Street, near Valley Bookseller in downtown Stillwater.

Artist Taylor Berman proposed installing a three-paneled image painted on plywood professional-grade spray paint. The proposed image follows the theme of the river and wildlife, including a loon as the focus of the middle image.

The panels will be installed in the brick frames on the building intended for the purpose.

According to Stillwater community development director Bill Turnblad, this is the third art proposal for the space, but the other two proposals were contingent on grant money that never came through.

The city has agreed to pay for this project, at a total cost of $1,150, using money from the downtown beautification fund.

“I like the idea,” Councilmember Doug Menikheim said. “I see those spaces every time I walk downtown, and I realize what they were for, and they’ve been slow coming.”

Berman has completed other public murals, including one on the Oliphant Brewing building on Somerset.

The paintings are expected to be installed in August.