Artist Matthew Willey paints the new mural on the railroad trestle.

Several honey bees already beautify the railroad trestle on the greenway.

Artist Matthew Willey began painting the new mural yesterday.

Founder of The Good of the Hive, Willey is on a quest to paint 50,000 honey bees around the world, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators and to celebrate human connection.

The city partnered with Kristin Luna and her husband Scott van Velsor for the project.

“The City of Manchester wrote a Creative Placemaking Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and received funding for the development of an ‘Art Walk’ along the greenway,” said Bonnie Gamble, Director of Parks and Recreation…We were awarded $8,000 and city will supply $2,000.”

The next step was approving a proposal.

“(Willey) sent a proposed mural to me for the Recreation Commission to approve,” Gamble said.

The Recreation Commission approved the mural design and Willey signed a contract with the City of Manchester, according to Gamble.

“The contract is for $5,000 of that grant project,” Gamble said.

To prepare for the project, Manchester Parks and Recreation maintenance pressure washed the railroad trestle area for painting last week, said Gamble.

“It will take approximately eight days of work for the completion of the mural,” Gamble said.

More murals will adorn the park soon, said Gamble.

“We also have in the works another mural for approval by the Rec Commission for the underpass to (Shelton's Heating & Cooling) along the greenway,” Gamble said.


Meet the Willey

“I am arranging for the public and children especially to come down to the park on Monday, Aug. 12, in the afternoon, to meet with Matthew and learn about his honeybee project,” Gamble said.

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