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VIDEO: Twinsburg Township mural 'brings Square back to township' in time for Bicentennial

Oscar Velasquez completes wall-size rendering at Township Hall

By APRIL HELMS Reporter Published: June 19, 2017 10:32 AM
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TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- Visitors to Township Hall will notice a little more color in the lobby, as an impressive wall-size mural of Township Square takes form.

Artist and Macedonia resident Oscar Velasquez, who was commissioned by the township to do the mural for about $1,700, began the project June 5.

By June 14 he was ready to put in the flagpole.

"I need to put in the flagpole, and the cannon," he said. "Then I go over it and tie things in where they need it."

The mural shows the Square in its summer splendor, lush and green, with the First Congregational Church as the focal point in the distance.

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Office Administrator Anna Knoch said visitors have paid the mural many compliments.

"It's been amazing to watch the process," Knoch said. "We've had lots of residents come in. It's wonderful to watch their faces as it comes together. There's just an amazing amount of detail."

One detail is the clock in the First Congregational Church, which reads 9:30 a.m. -- the time he started working on the clock.

Velasquez, who recently finished a mural of Longwood Lake in Macedonia's City Hall, approached the Twinsburg Bicentennal Committee a couple of months ago about doing a mural in connection with the Bicentennial.

After some discussion, a mural of the historic Township Square, which includes the First Congregational Church, the stage area, the Civil War cannon and its memorials, took form.

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"The subject matter highlights the area," Velasquez said.

Township Manager Rob Kagler said the mural "is going to be an awesome thing for residents to see."

"We are not located in the Square anymore," Kagler said. "But we brought the Square back to the township."

Velasquez added he hopes to finish the mural by June 19 or 20.

To see more of Velasquez' work, stop by the Hudson Library and Historical Society, where several of his pieces are on exhibit through June 30.

Velasquez will have an exhibit in July and August at the Twinsburg Public Library and a booth at the July 22 Founders' Day on the Square.

Email: ahelms@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9423

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