The Mount Wood Overlook is now much more colorful thanks to the work of a local artist.
Brian Fencl, who is also an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication Studies and Visual Art at West Liberty University, has been working on the project since May.
“This is really fun,” Fencl said about the project.
He describes the design as free-form painting, meaning his inspiration comes from a variety of places, including some of the graffiti the mural is meant to cover.
“It can sometimes be something that I’m seeing in the wall,” Fencl explained. “Or I’ve got a piece with a giant ant in it because I sat down to wok on the ground and there’s a lot of ants up here and suddenly there were ants all over the paint.”
If you check out the walls you’ll see everything from a portrait of Abraham Lincoln to an elephant as a nod to the popular downtown landmark.
“It’s really great in a place like this because it can incorporate all kinds of influences from pop culture to history,” said Fencl. “I’ve included animals into the mural. I’ve included some historical scenes, just all kinds of stuff, so the pop symbolist work really allows for that ability to just include whatever I’m thinking about.”
Fencl has been working with the City of Wheeling Parks & Strategic Planning Director Jesse Mestrovic on the mural project.
“It’s nice that the city really wants to do something different with this space,” he said. “I think they’re really energized with what this space could be and working with Jesse, he’s got energy and he’s got ideas so that’s really great.”
The mural is the largest piece of art art Fencl has ever made and will be finished soon.