1940s Black Rock mural to get new life at Fairfield Museum

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FAIRFIELD -

There will be new life for a historic mural rescued from the long-abandoned Black Rock Bank and Trust building in Bridgeport.

Robert Lamdin's famous 1948 mural of the Old Black Rock Harbor was damaged but is now being restored. When the restoration is complete, the mural will be put on display on a wall of the Fairfield Museum.

The 20-foot mural was rescued in 2017 and faced damage due to years of neglect. It was donated to the Fairfield Museum.

The careful restoration of the mural is in the hands of conservators at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Massachusetts.

"It's unrolled and very painstakingly cleaned, and then it's mounted on a supporting canvas, and then all of the areas of lost paint are very painstakingly filled back in so it looks like the original," says Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum.

The entire restoration is expected to cost $40,000. The museum is trying to raise $5,000 more in order to have it finished by June. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the restoration project.

The mural is set to be unveiled as part of the 375th anniversary of Black Rock.

 

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