"Guardians of the Arts," a 375-square-foot mural depicting Lawrence's arts scene, received the final go-ahead for a downtown wall Thursday night from the Historic Resources Commission.
Commissioners approved the outdoor mural for the concrete wall north of Johnson Furniture, 722 Mass. Work on the 15- by 25-foot color painting was to begin today in the arcade east of Massachusetts Street.
Organizers Dave Loewenstein and Wendy Bantam brought a color representation of the mural to the meeting.
"It looked pretty nice," said Peter Zacharias, a member of the commission. "It's not out where it interferes with any historic views or properties."
City commissioners approved the mural Sept. 6, contingent on successful historical review because it would be within 500 feet of The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass., and within 250 feet of the Josiah Miller Building, which is a landmark on the city's register of historic places. The building now houses Goldmakers, 723 Mass., The Bay Leaf, 725 Mass., and upstairs apartments.
Loewenstein has said the mural would be painted by 11 volunteers using donated materials and be completed by the end of October.
The mural proposal was developed in conjunction with the second annual Harvest of Arts, which will run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3 and includes theatrical productions, musical performances and a crafts fair.
The mural's design portrays Lawrence's arts scene through two dancers, a musical totem and an Aztec-influenced figure carrying paintbrushes, tools and a video camera.