Daryl Thetford of Chattanooga, Tenn., was looking through the Cafe (Call for entry.org), a national call for entries from artists, when he came across the request for a mural at the new Loveland Development Center.

“It seemed to be a perfect fit for me and my work and what I do,” Thetford said. The call had buzzwords like edgy and urban, all things that have been used to describe his style.

“One of my gallery owners said ‘even your landscapes look urban,'” he joked. He thought it would be an interesting project to take on. Thetford was chosen to create the mural from three finalists. The artwork will be dedicated on June 10.

If you go

What: Loveland Development Center mural dedication.
When: 9 a.m.- noon, Friday, June 10; dedication starts at 10 a.m.
Where: Loveland Development Center, Fire & Administration Building, 410 E. Fifth St., Loveland.

More info: For more information on Daryl Thetford, go to www.darylthetford.com.

“It was a unanimous pick,” said Kimber Kreutzer, business service coordinator. She said the committee that chose the pieces wasn’t too sure what they wanted in the beginning, only that it should be a little more contemporary. Originally the piece was to sit behind a counter.

 “When they saw the mural and how engaging it was, they changed their plans,” Kreutzer said. There will be nothing obstructing the piece, so people can walk right up to it. The piece combines history and contemporary, urban work.

“I actually did quite a bit of research,” he said. He searched online to find historic buildings in the Loveland area as well as historical figures to include.

“I believe I looked at every building that’s ever been in Loveland,” he said. His first few attempts started to look more like a historic collage of sorts or a timeline.

Daryl Thetford before he boarded a plane from Tennessee to Denver for the final presentation.

Daryl Thetford before he boarded a plane from Tennessee to Denver for the final presentation. (Special to the Reporter-Herald)

“It didn’t seem to work or carry the energy,” he said. He decided to narrow it down, focus on the industrial buildings and include certain buildings that represented the history as a whole such as the railroad depot as that industry was important in the area.

“You can’t represent all the buildings, all the people and all the historic homes,” he said.

After many drafts, he came up with one he liked.

“It conveyed the history of Loveland without putting every single thing in,” he said. The mural includes historic buildings as well as some of the old advertisements that were painted on the sides of buildings. As for the bigger scenery, he wanted to focus on the town itself and not so much the mountains. He did discuss with the deciding committee the options of adding it to the background.

“In my sketch, part of the blues in the skies are darker and they kind of hint at mountains,” he said and the committee seemed to agree.  Continue with article here