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Chamblin's Uptown Bookstore Gets New Mural

Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

The once gray storefront of Chamblin'sUptown bookstore in downtown is getting a splash of color thanks to local artist Shaun Thurston - a process captured in this article by the Florida Times-Union.

The art is being created as part of Downtown Vision Inc.’s Laura StreetFaçadeGrant Program, which was created two years ago as a way to urge property owners on Laura Street to improve the look of their buildings.

The fantasy-tinged mural features pieces of earth floating in a pale blue sky, and was designed by Thurston to try to avoid a purely literary theme for the bookstore.

“Other artists would be coming up with portraits of authors, bookshelves and things I wasn’t interested in seeing,” he said. “I wanted to bring something directly from my imagination onto the wall. It’s a pretty standard sci-fi theme.”

Read more at the Florida Times-Union's site.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.