The local artist selected in November to paint the mural on the railroad underpass on Roy Kidd Ave. has taken the first steps on the project.
The initial design of Kallene Turner’s depiction of downtown Corbin as it appeared in the 1940s and 50s has been traced out on the walls. It was selected from among 17 submissions for the project by Corbin officials in November.
“With such work it is usually an underpainting and lots of layering over that,” Turner explained.
“There are still some blank areas to be filled in.”
Turner said the initial work was completed in a two-hour period over one evening.
“It is pretty close,” Turner said when asked if what she has laid out is turning out as she envisioned, noting the inspiration came from a photo. “There is always room for change.”
Turner said work will continue as weather permits.
Though the work will include several iconic features that defined Corbin during that period, the people depicted in the mural won’t have any true form or identity to allow viewers to give them their own identities.
“I want it to be relatable,” Turner said.
Turner said passersby that see her out working on the mural are welcome and encouraged to stop by and speak with her about it.
“I really look forward to answering questions and inviting them to be part of this,” Turner said.
She advised, however, that they should be careful because of the traffic coming through the intersection of Roy Kidd Ave. and Depot Street.
“I want people to be safe,” Turner said.
Updates on Turner’s process on the project may be found on her social media site, including Facebook and on the Downtown Corbin Facebook page.