Before painting started on the side of Hamilton's former municipal building, Smith had the pleasure of speaking over the phone with McCloskey's daughter, Sally. Those familiar with McCloskey's award-winning children's books already know Sally, in a way. McCloskey's 1949 book, "Blueberries for Sal," was inspired by her.
The McCloskey mural measures just over 1,800 square feet and is one of two painted this summer in the city.
A modern portrait of Alexander Hamilton is being painted at 15 S. D St., based on an 1806 portrait by John Trumbull.
Both murals are created by the StreetSpark public-art program, a partnership between the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and Hamilton's city government.
Each mural cost about $10,000. Artists whose designs were chosen received $500 and the chance to paint the murals with a crew.
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