Arts Council nixes downtown Bryan mural

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How would you feel about this image being painted on an 18- by 24-foot wall in Downtown Bryan? Last month, the Bryan City Council didn't seem so thrilled. So, for a few minutes on Tuesday afternoon, the council will put aside discussing rezoning requests and construction contracts to take on a new role — art consultants.

The painting above was an early proposal for the mural by the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. Director Chris Dyer presented the image at a May city council meeting, saying it was designed to represent the history of the city by featuring some of its most recognizable buildings and traits.

Council members had some concerns. They recognized the building on the left as the Carnegie Library. But were confused about the structure on the right, which is supposed to be the old Brazos County Courthouse.

Councilman Mike Southerland said he thought train is too big. He also felt that education and medicine should be featured.

"We really were settled with people farming and that is in the background and the oilfield has left us high and dry here," Southerland said.

Councilman Chuck Konderla, meanwhile, asked for more ethnic diversity in the image.

The council will give more input during a workshop session at their regularly scheduled 2:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday. The Arts Council hopes to complete the painting by the Texas Reds Festival in October.

Anyone else have some advice?

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