Downtown Mural Finds A Home

Once again, “06880” readers have come through for Westport.

Five days ago, I posted a plea. The “First Night Mural” — 28 feet long, 8 feet tall, created by Kassie Foss and the children of Westport, then hung in the pedestrian walkway between Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza to celebrate our 1st-ever First Night — needed a home.

There will soon be light at the end of the dark downtown pedestrian tunnel.

There will soon be light at the end of the dark downtown pedestrian tunnel.

The 8 panels will eventually be displayed in the new Bedford Square. But Miggs Burroughs and the Westport Downtown Merchants Association are collaborating on an exciting new “Tunnel Vision” project, giving the grim passageway new life.

In the meantime: What to do with the mural? (Which, by the way, needs some serious refurbishing.)

Up stepped lovely, generous Westport resident and clinical psychologist Dr. Ingi Soliman. Today she and Miggs loaded every panel into her just-big-enough Suburban.

Thanks, Ingi, for giving the “First Night Mural” a new home. We look forward to its unveiling in Bedford Square, a couple of years from now.

And — before that — we hope to see you on May 22, when “Tunnel Vision” opens to the public.

Dr. Ingi Soliman, her Suburban and her new "First Night" mural.

Dr. Ingi Soliman, her Suburban and her new “First Night” mural.

3 responses to “Downtown Mural Finds A Home

  1. Thanks Dan and Miggs!! Happy to help! Can’t wait to see the tunnel in May and Bedford Square upon its completion!

  2. Darryl Manning

    Thank you Ingi for giving the mural a safe place. The children who spent many hours creating it (along with Kassie Foss) thank you too!

    • Ingi Soliman

      Dear Darryl,

      Thank you for your kind words. Such a small thing that we can do for our town. I’m happy to report I can now say that it is in fact safely stored in our crawl space until it can be displayed again :o)

      So happy to do it.

      Ingi