Images of the past have started to reappear on buildings in downtown Lincolnton, thanks to a collaborative effort from various agencies and the artistic capabilities of Clive Haynes.
Haynes, a resident of Forest City, is finishing up a mural of an old Pepsi ad this week at the Good Neighbor Shop, having previously done similar work on restoring a Coca-Cola sign and Piedmont Cigarettes ad next door.
The latter two projects were made possible through façade grants awarded to the city of Lincolnton, along with funding from the property owners, said Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth.
Meanwhile, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Leadership Lincoln class took the initiative in getting the Pepsi ad painted. The group’s project for the year involved interior upgrades to the Good Neighbor Shop, and class member Bo King brought up the idea for the mural as a way for the shop’s exterior to stand out to passers-by.
“We felt it was important to give attention to the outside (of the building),” noted class member Kara Brown of the Lincoln Economic Development Association.
King added that he hoped the class effort would bring exposure to the Good Neighbor Shop.
“It does a great job in the community on a very small budget,” King said of the store.
The concept for the mural originated when Jason Harpe, executive director of the Lincoln County Historical Association, showed him a picture of an old Pepsi sign from the early 1900s that was painted on the adjoining building now hidden by the shop.
The picture, which has served as a blueprint for the mural, generated some interest with the Leadership Lincoln class, and King decided to contact a representative of Pepsi to see whether the company would be inclined to fund half of the project. Pepsi’s contribution, along with the grant money, allowed for the project to come together.
“It’s an effort to replace or enhance some of the murals on old buildings,” King noted.
Haynes, who is originally from Atlanta, has painted similar murals in other cities and towns, including Kings Mountain, Forest City and Chimney Rock. They typically take him two to three weeks to complete, depending on the weather. He studied art in England, where he also lived for many years.
In addition to restoring historical murals, he also paints murals in restaurants and private residences. Haynes said he hopes to do some more work in the area.
A “Save Our Signs” fund has been established through the Downtown Development Association for people to donate to the cause of restoring or replacing various old signs and advertisements on buildings in downtown Lincolnton.
Those interested in donating may do so by dropping by the DDA’s office at 114 E. Main St. or by visiting the organization’s Facebook page. For more information, call (704) 736-8915.