The Collegeville Murals - Capturing the Past and Present in Portrait Photography

August 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I’m driving around Collegeville EVERY day and missed these two fabulous Murals tucked behind Da Vinci’s Pub. They are installed on two of the massive concrete buttresses by the Power House Antique Flea Market. You cannot see them from Main Street driving by! What a great location to take wonderful portrait photographs.

The Murals were commissioned by the Collegeville Economic Development Office in 2014.  The first mural called “A Journey In Time” was created by two well-known local artists, Michael Adams (www.michael-adams-studio.com) and Susannah Hart Thomer (www.susannaharthomer.com ). These two talented artists have collaborated and installed many other murals in our surrounding local communities. The second mural was created by Jeff Shaller, well known for his fabulous creative popular culture art themes. Check him out at www.jeffschaller.com.

The Buttresses the murals are installed on are from the late 1800’s originally supporting train tracks to deliver coal that powered the generators in the old Power House. This produced the electricity for the Trolleys that ran from Philadelphia to Pottstown, via Collegeville (In 1933 they were replaced by buses).

Tucked beside our popular Perkiomen Trail, “A Journey in Time” mural depicts 10 significant aspects of our local history presented in a montage of stylized imagery. Collegeville has a colorful history from William Penn’s purchase of all the land on the Pahkehoma from the Lenape Indians, to Revolutionary War encampments and George Washington.  Also depicted is the Trinity Reformed Church (1846) , the first Public School (1844), Schrack’s Log Cabin (1717) and Ursinus College (1869) and of course, the Perkiomen Trail which opened in 2003.

Don’t forget our Perkiomen Bridge (1799) and Hotel (1706). The Perkiomen Bridge “Toll Bridge War” in 1867 was a particularly notable event as local citizens burned the Toll house down and threw the gate into the creek.  After having to ford the river for 93 years, the bridge was a “free” right, not for sale!

The glorious Bicycle is a nod to the Victorian era (another fascinating history lesson http://www.angelpig.net/victorian/cycling.html).

Jeff Shaller’s Mural shouts “College” with the Old Train Station stamped in the background! After all, we are a College town.

Qendresa, our college student and portrait subject had great fun posing with the Murals. She and our Indian, Chief Sachem Maughaughisn of the Lenape Tribe got along fine. Enjoy our Photographs.

 

 


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