WALDO COUNTY — Swanville artist David Hurley kept busy this summer creating large-scale artwork for Belfast City Park and area schools.

He recently installed a new mural (with the help of his brother Pat) titled “Pinky finds Joy at the City Park Pool.” Hurley pitched the proposal to Belfast Parks and Recreation Director Norm Poirier, who agreed a colorful mural would be a good addition to the pool area. The mural design was drawn on plywood panels, jigsawed and then painted. Viking Lumber donated the panels and primer.

“The challenge of painting an octopus was to make it kid friendly,” Hurley said. “[So I have] the octopus wearing a mask, snorkel, and holding a rubber ducky named Joy.”

Hurley also recently finished painting new double-sided signs for four schools in RSU 71 — Ames Elementary School in Searsmont, Gladys Weymouth Elementary School in Montville, Kermit Nickerson School in Swanville and East Belfast Elementary School.

Hurley painted animals, birds and local landscape scenes from each town on the top and bottom of each sign. Each set of signs has a lion cub in the bottom left corner and another animal, such as a peregrine falcon and geese, on the right side looking over at the lion cub.

“Part of my intent with painting the new signs was to not just paint a traditional sign, but to include art and scenes that children would enjoy seeing,” Hurley said. “I also regarded the painted animals as guardians of the students and schools.”

Artwork by David Hurley

Artwork by David Hurley

Artwork by David Hurley

Artwork by David Hurley