UWF Historic Trust unveils maritime-themed murals
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The University of West Florida Historic Trust announces the completion of the installation of two maritime-themed murals in downtown Pensacola. The project was made possible by a $26,630 grant from the National Park Service and technical assistance from the UWF Department of History, the UWF Archaeology Institute, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
The project will highlight the rich maritime history of Pensacola by using large murals located in prominent locations. In order to preserve historic buildings downtown, a creative solution involving the use of billboard frames was used to display the murals. The murals’ frames are removable, and the graphics on the vinyl can be updated as needed.
“The murals will become a centerpiece of Pensacola’s vibrant, unique and dynamic downtown, highlighting our maritime history and providing a focal point for cultural heritage tourism in our city,” said Robert Overton, executive director of the UWF Historic Trust.
The mural project is part of the Historic Trust’s Interpretive Master Plan. Launched in 2015, the plan details a transformational vision for Historic Pensacola through a series of enhancements to provide balance between resource protection, historical education, visitor and recreational use and enjoyment of the 8.5 acre, 29-property complex.
The murals are located on the south wall of the Museum of Commerce on Main Street and on the west wall of Voices of Pensacola on Government Street. Both sets of murals have lighting.
For more information about the UWF Historic Trust, visit historicpensacola.org.