Very few people, if any, can name everyone on the Inspiration: Pittston mural in downtown Pittston. But now, no one has to.
On Nov. 15, finishing touches were completed on the Inspirational Mural Key, a weatherproof, glass covered numbered illustration of the mural with names of those depicted corresponding to the numbers.
“This is the final piece of the project,” said Mayor-elect Mike Lombardo, who, along with Mayor Jason Klush and Greg Hall, installed the safety glass cover. “Mayor Klush bruised his knuckles doing it,” Lombardo said. “We told him it’s his going away present.”
After two terms, Mayor Klush chose not to run in this year’s election, which was won by former Mayor Lombardo.
Lombardo said it was important to identify those honored in the mural for several reasons.
“We want everyone in the mural to be recognized and remembered, but also we wanted to provide a key for anyone viewing the mural,” he said.
All those who donated funds to produce the mural are also listed on the placard. The mural, completed and dedicated in 2016 and covering the entire side of a five-story downtown building, cost approximately $105,000.
“This piece celebrates everyone who made the mural a reality,” Lombardo added.
Lombardo said the key and its metal stand were completely funded with private donations, as well as funds from the Pittston Tomato Festival banner project.
Bob Price took the photo for the key with Pittston firefighters providing their bucket truck for him to get the proper angle.
Fast Signs donated the illustration and did the “painstaking job of redacting the people in the mural in black,” Lombardo said.
G.T. Fabrications, owned by the Tighe family, donated the metal frame and stand. Mobile Glass provided the safety glass.
Lombardo said the goal was to create a “museum box” for the mural.
He added that in keeping with plans put in place by the Pittston City Art Council, placards such as this will be placed near all of the art in the city.
“We need to keep track of the art we have,” Lombardo said, adding the placards will be valuable for those wishing to do a walking tour of the city’s art.