Mule art plan being mulled
by David Lazenby
Dec 06, 2010 | 2157 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sharon Hogg, a member of the board of directors of the Walker County Arts Alliance, speaks during a work session held Friday by the Jasper City Council while Mayor Sonny Posey looks over literature supplied by Hogg. (Photo by: David Lazenby)
Sharon Hogg, a member of the board of directors of the Walker County Arts Alliance, speaks during a work session held Friday by the Jasper City Council while Mayor Sonny Posey looks over literature supplied by Hogg. (Photo by: David Lazenby)
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Jasper officials are mulling over mules.

During a work session held Friday by the Jasper City Council, the town leaders were asked to consider a plan that would put sculptures of the beasts known for their stubbornness throughout the city.

Sharon Hogg, a member of the board of directors of the Walker County Arts Alliance, said the organization is out to do a "20-Mule Team Art Project" in conjunction with a German-themed Smithsonian Museum exhibit sponsored by the Walker Community Foundation that will be at the Bankhead House this summer starting on June 21.

Jasper Councilor Morris Studdard said the project reminded him of the tigers that were set up throughout Auburn several years ago as part of a similar project. Hogg said she saw a comparable project in Seattle some years ago that involved statues of pigs.

She said the mule was chosen for Walker County because of the beast's historic importance to the area.

"The reason we chose the mule is because it is a German story and because mules have been used in Jasper and Walker County for so long with the mining and farming," Hogg said.

Hogg said the arts alliance also wants to produce a map of the city that would allow visitors to see all 20 of the mule molds.

Hogg said each mule would be uniquely hand-painted by various artists.

"I think it will be interesting to drive down the street and see this decorated mule and go 'Well why is that there?' And as people get started talking about it, it will draw people to the exhibit hopefully," Hogg said.

Hogg said "adopt a mule parties" will be held to garner sponsorship of the mules from area businesses and other entities.

The Walker County Arts Alliance's goal is to support and develop arts in Walker County and to integrate artistic activities into the total life of the community, according to its website.

City officials plan to put the matter on the agenda for a future meeting of the Council, which has rules forbidding that official decisions be made at work sessions.

"I don't see anybody having a problem with this," Studdard said.

The Council's next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jasper City Hall.