White space on the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau Visitors Center lobby wall quickly is turning into a colorful depiction of the city’s destinations.
The mural will showcase popular Elizabethtown spots, such as The Brown-Pusey House, the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum, the former courthouse and Elizabethtown Sports Park, a logo for Greenspace and more.
“We squeezed as much as we could in there,” Elizabethtown artist Courtney Ballard said.
Ballard, whose work is on display downtown at Hip South, was commissioned to paint the mural.
After only five days of painting, Ballard had the city’s name and logo complete and had started various other components of the mural.
Tourism Communication Director Krysta Winstead said the mural signifies everything Elizabethtown has to offer.
“It really signifies a great local community,” she said. “That is what we are wanting to encompass with all of this.”
Tourism Director Janna Clark said the idea for a mural came about when discussing ways to generate interest in the Visitors Center building near Exit 94 of Interstate 65. They also were interested in creating something that depicted Elizabethtown and piqued interest of visitors.
In the past year, she said the tourism bureau hosted 250 meetings and had more than 10,000 walk-in visitors. Future visitors now will have a fun image to take their picture with, Clark said.
Once completed, Winstead said the mural, which is 7 feet tall and 40 feet wide, will be large enough for passersby to see. Clark said this especially will be true when it is dark outside, noting they might adjust inside lighting to make the artwork more prominent.
“You can see it now, but I think there are some things we can do with our lighting to make it pop even more from the building late at night,” she said.
Although the details are not yet finalized, Clark said they hope to invite community members to view the mural at an event in late May. The tourism bureau also will be debuting a coloring book featuring images from the mural.
“We can’t wait for people to explore E’town,” Winstead said.