Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Rendering of mural to be created in downtown Syracuse on the First Niagara Bank building.

Canal-related mural set for downtown Syracuse
by Richard Palmer

SYRACUSE - Work on a mural depicting Clinton Square in Erie Canal days is
slated to be painted on the north wall of First Niagara Bank at 126 N. Salina St.,
across the street from the Post-Standard building.

The bank commissioned Corky Goss of Syracuse, who has done more than
25 such murals across the state, to do this one. Goss said it will not be
completed until next year as he can only work on it on weekends. This is
so not as to interfere with the daily operation of the drive-in teller window.

Goss's company is called "Art in Public Places," and his partner is Chip Miller,
a teacher at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Financing for the mural
also comes from an organization called "Adapt Central New York," and
several other groups.

The wall has been cleaned and primed to receive the mural. The plan is to have
it completed by the summer of 2010. Goss will also be working on a series
of murals for the village of Newark. He does murals on both private
and public property.

Goss has done several murals in other canal communities including
Lyons and Clyde. "It's really taking off," he said, with plans for other
murals being made in Rochester and the nearby community of Greece.

Meanwhile, several other artists have already or are about to create
additional murals along the canal system.

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