Route 66 in the News

New Mural in the Works

2012-03-17 10:17:32

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - An outdoor art mural will rise from the ashes of a two-year-old fire and become an eye-grabbing addition to the landscape of downtown Victorville.

The city's California Route 66 Museum attracts visitors from around the world who are curious to view its displays and browse its library of books about the old Mother Road. In April 2010, the historic Halstead Building next door to the museum burned in a fire. It was razed, which left a vacant lot next to the museum.

The museum took the opportunity to expand its annual classic car show and also decided to put up a mural on the newly exposed wall.

A search was initiated to find an artist with a passion for Route 66 who could undertake the project. Robb McDermott of San Bernardino was chosen.

"Robb is an avid Route 66 enthusiast and a car guy, and was very excited about helping the museum get a mural up on its building," said Alan Ricard, of Apple Valley, a member of the museum's mural committee.

McDermott, whose previous works include the Berlin Wall painting at Ronald Reagan Park in north San Bernardino, submitted a design that shows a portion of the Mother Road between Needles and Santa Monica, with Victorville and the museum in the middle.

The design was approved. "The museum board is very excited," Ricard said. "With the 2012 International Route 66 Festival coming to Victorville in August, the Route 66 Museum will be all the more a destination point for the thousands of visitors to the festival. This mural has the makings to become a photo op destination for many years to come."

The museum board and mural committee are currently seeking contributions from companies and individuals to help make the mural a reality. The goal is to have the project completed over the next three to four months, Ricard said.

"The mural contains space along the bottom where sponsors of the project will have their company logo or name included as part of the final design," he said.

Those interested in learning more or making a donation to the project can contact the Route 66 Museum at 760-951-0436. Ask for Paul Chassey or Sharon Foster.


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