Giant Perry 200 Mural to Grace Downtown Erie

June 14, 2013 - A local artist is in the process of creating a giant Perry 200 mural to be displayed in downtown Erie.

It all began in January of this year when the Perry 200 commission chose Michael Hinman to create a mural that would take us back in history.           

Art supplies, paint and tape cover the basement floor at the Jefferson Educational Society.       

Artist Michael Hinman is the man behind the 25-foot-tall by 50-foot-wide mural.           

The mural will be displayed in between 11th and 12th streets on State Street across from the Erie Community Credit Union. It depicts Erie's history complete with the shipyard we would have seen in 1813 and Oliver Hazard Perry and Daniel Dobbins. The painting is expected to last the better part of a decade and is being painted with acrylic paint.     

Hinman went to school at Temple University in Philadelphia and says he sought advice from Philly Mural Arts because this is the first outdoor mural of this size he's created.

"It's really an excellent opportunity to put something as a permanent fixture in the community for any artist," said Hinman. "It's pretty much an indescribable feeling, a great opportunity."          

The mural is expected to go up at the end of June or beginning of July.

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