Photography by David Valdez
The updated Traditions to the Future mural by Mila Sketch is located at 215 W. 8th Street facing Rock Street and is an expansion of the original artwork selected by the Arts and Culture Board in 2018 for the mural project, “Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future”.
The intention of the original artwork was to create an art dialogue with Georgetown residents and visitors about the historic heritage and new innovative technologies in the city. Mila highlights the importance of nature, eco life, and traditional celebration by painting fresh and vivid red poppy flowers in the front of the mural. It is also a tribute to the importance of the Red Poppy Festival to the town.
Mila chose six important buildings from each part of town: Grace Heritage Church 811 Main Street; Georgetown Palace Theater (circa 1926) 810 S Austin Ave; M.B. Lockett building 119 West 7th street, 701 Main Street (circa 1900); Masonic Lodge, 707-709 Main Street.
The message of the original art composition proposed to the viewer describes Georgetown as a progressive and beautiful city. The City of Georgetown’s sidewalk improvement project in 2021 provided an opportunity to expand the artwork of this mural to cover the entire wall of the building! The expansion of the original artwork continues to express the complete message of the art composition: Georgetown is honoring history and tradition, looking ahead to a consistent future development, while holding a loving and sustainable approach to the eco-environment. The artwork expansion highlights a variety of native plants and flowers of the local area.