CHICO, Calif. – If you've ever walked or driven through Downtown Chico, you might have noticed some iconic murals on the buildings.
A lot of the murals were painted by Scott Teeple, a muralist who passed away in 2011.
Some of the artworks Teeple is known for are:
• “The Portrait of John” and Annie Bidwell (West Second Street & Broadway Street)
• “Sherwood Forest” (West Fourth Street & Main Street)
• “Fake Windows” at Collier Hardware (105 Broadway St.)
• Gianella Bridge (Fifth and Mangrove Avenues)
His art is still alive, for now. Without adequate funding for restoration for the art, some of those murals might be at risk.
Chico City Manager Mark Orme says the City Council passed a budget line item, last year, in the public works budget. It stated that every year there will be an allotment of $10,000 to do maintenance on artwork.
The art commission then needs to prioritize some of the art pieces so that public works can help maintain it.
The challenges the City faces is if the artwork is on private property, can it still be on the art commissions priority? City officials have to discuss with the owners of the property because the City cannot restore the artwork on private property without permission from those owners.