LAMPASAS — In the middle of an incoming cold front, Vision Lampasas! unveiled its sixth mural at the corner of Fourth and Live Oak streets early Thursday evening.
The “Wildlife” mural features images of the hunting and fishing options in Lampasas county and took 18 volunteers 997½ hours to complete.
“This mural is dedicated to the landowners, sportsmen and women who protect all wildlife for future generations,” said Libby Bluntzer, a member of the Vision Lampasas! art committee, at the unveiling.
Vision Lampasas! gained approval from Texas Parks and Wildlife to recreate the stamps used on hunting and fishing licenses for the mural.
“When you buy a hunting license, you can buy extra things, like an archery stamp, to go with it,” Bluntzer said. “2010 was the last year you could buy stamps. Now they print them.”
Five stamps, painted on metal panels, pop out from a mural painted on plaster featuring a buck, doe and raccoon, on the side of Home Place Floors, facing the Lampasas County Jail. Three panels of lifetime hunting and fishing licenses and cutouts of fish also accompany the mural.
Bluntzer spoke to the audience about the reactions volunteers get on the murals, noting one man who pulled over to tell her “these murals make your town.”
“Personally, I really like them,” said Lampasas Mayor Jerry Grayson. “They’re a great asset for our town and city as a whole, and they make for a tourist attraction type of thing.”
Volunteers who dedicate time to the murals around downtown Lampasas do so for different reasons, but many have the same goal.
“It’s a good thing to contribute to the community,” said Sharon Pinckney, a volunteer who contributed 147 hours to the Wildlife mural. “I feel the murals have done a lot for Lampasas.”
Vision Lampasas! volunteers are currently taking a break, after unveiling two murals within two months, but Pinckney said they already have a few ideas for the next project.