In the summer of 2018, Mayor Jeff Reser asked for project ideas for a mural to be designed and painted on the former B & T building.
The idea for this project originated with Kelli Patterson. Kelli brought the ideas to each of the local schools and asked for participation from the schools’ art teachers. Mike Striker of Bucyrus, Zac Bauer of Colonel Crawford, and Erin Duffy of Wynford lead in the creation of the mural. Students from each of the school districts also contributed.
Shelbee Linn and Alexis Pival were volunteers from Bucyrus. Ciera Pfeifer, Autumn Pilo, and Yzzy Wurm were student volunteers from Colonel Crawford. Samantha Durham was the volunteer student from Wynford. Area civic groups stepped up to fund this project. The Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions clubs, and the local VFW #1078 all chipped in to help make this project come to life.
The “CommUNITY Unity” mural is about bringing people together. The basis for this project is about reminding the viewer that no matter where they are from, or what school district they live in, they are a part of something bigger. The left side of the mural depicts the Bucyrus community we are all part of.
The famous Brattie logo on the left looks toward the Bucyrus Bicentennial logo featuring the Bucyrus courthouse in a silhouette. The word “CommUNITY” is placed under this portion of the mural to reiterate the value of unity in a grand scheme. The right side of the mural pays tribute to the three school districts that intersect the city limits. Bucyrus City Schools, Colonel Crawford Local Schools, and Wynford Local Schools are represented over the “Unity” portion of the mural. The mascots from each school are painted with slight overlaps to remind viewers that the districts combine to create one larger community, and we are all part of a larger whole.