Three Malden High Schools Collaborate with Malden Business in Mural Contest
When Galvin Murphy, Proprietor of Yankee Pest Control, approached the Mayor’s office and asked if he could enlist the help of high school art students to improve the look of the back side of his building at 20 Waite Court which sits along the Bike Path, Mayor Christenson was enthusiastically on board! The next step was to secure the support of art instructors at Malden High School, Malden Catholic and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. Without a second thought each of the schools was eager to participate in painting a mural on the back of the building. Combined, all three murals cover a 120 by 30 foot “canvas” along the Bike Path. Yankee Pest Control not only generously paid for all of the paint supplies and tarps, but even provided pizza and refreshments to all of the students each time they were onsite. Patrick R. Lothrop of Malden business Lothrop Companies generously donated the much needed scaffolding, even allowing his stock to be out of circulation during the project!
The three Malden high schools presented their sketch ideas in early September. In October, art students began outlining their designs and by mid-November all three murals had been vividly painted, greatly improving the look of the building, providing Bike Path users with beautiful artwork as they pass by.
Vote for Your Favorite Mural!
Residents are encouraged to walk the Bike Path, view the murals and submit an online vote for their favorite mural by submitting the form at the bottom of this page. The voting period will be from November 17th through December 1st. The winner will be declared at a ceremony taking place on Friday, December 5th at Yankee Pest Control, 20 Waite Court at 2:30 PM. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize donated to their school’s art department courtesy of Yankee Pest Control. Second and third cash prizes will also be awarded!
“This has been a wonderful experience,” said Galvin Murphy, Owner of Yankee Pest Control. “I continue to be very impressed with the professionalism of our student artists. I’m thrilled that users of our Bike Path will enjoy this great artwork every day.”
“I thank Galvin Murphy and Yankee Pest Control for being the first Malden business along the Bike Path to initiate such a tremendous community project,” said Mayor Christenson. “It is my hope that this initiative will be the catalyst for more businesses along the Bike Path to do the same.”Read More