S.S. Belfast takes shape up the hill

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 11, 2012
Courtesy of: Dave Hurley The anchor on the S.S. Belfast is one of the newest features on the ship-style mural on the back side of the Belfast Plaza building.

Belfast — On a recent sunny weekend, local artist Dave Hurley added a few new touches to the mural that now graces the back side of the building in Belfast Plaza.

The S.S. Belfast is the result of a design that Hurley proposed last fall, and it was intended to take the place of the 20-year-old mural on the side of the building that carried scenes of old Belfast enclosed in pickle jars. The mural had fallen into disrepair over the years and, according to Journal archives, it was painted over to make way for the new ship-themed mural.

Last September, Hurley and fellow artist Kenny Cole painted a porthole near the top corner of the building to get the mural started before winter set in. Hurley recently secured the use of a hydraulic lift from Whitecap Builders proprietor Larry Jones to begin the finish work, which this time included the addition of the ship's name and an anchor.

Republican Journal reporter Tanya Mitchell can be reached at 207-338-3333 or tmitchell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Local artist Dave Hurley works on the new mural. (Courtesy of: Dave Hurley)
Taking a break from his painting, artist Dave Hurley capture the view of Main Street from atop the lift. (Photo by: Dave Hurley)
An image of the old mural depicts it as it appeared when it was in progress more than 20 years ago. (Courtesy of: Belfast Historical Society)
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