Daily Journal staff reports

Your input is wanted on a mural that will be painted on a government building in downtown Franklin.

The Johnson County Community Foundation’s Color the County mural program will give county buildings a splash of color, starting with the west-facing façade of the county annex building at 86 W. Court St. Organizers would like to add a new mural every year thereafter and want the public’s help in coming up with the plans.

Local artists will help design the mural to reflect the county and the community foundation’s message and theme, “Connecting people who care with causes that matter.” The goal is to create a pedestrian-friendly, eye-pleasing environment for visitors and residents.

Franklin College associate professor of fine arts Gordon Strain was chosen to oversee the project. Strain has worked on other public art projects.

Once the new murals are designed and outlined, volunteers will be able to help with the murals in a “paint-by-numbers” project, where people paint specific portions in predetermined colors. Artists will then touch up the mural and put a graffiti guard on it.

The murals are expected to last five to 10 years.

If you have questions or want to be a part of the project, contact the Johnson County Commissioners at commissioner@co.johnson.in.us.