Let’s Go Hendo! A Lifeline Sidewalk Mural Adds Connections
April 28, 2022 – The Hendo LifeLine sidewalk mural builds the connection between the Good of the Hive Pollinator mural at Hands On Children’s Museum to the 5th Avenue sidewalk murals that make up the Downtown Art Route.
Artists and coordinators Elizabeth and David Queen, the creators of the Hendo Bee Line sidewalk mural on Maple Street have created Let’s Go Hendo! A Lifeline, an interactive and transformative journey through diverse Henderson County terrains during which time an individual learns something of the world around it, its place in it, and perhaps something about itself. The story reinforces the importance of the environment, community, art, and fitness—in short, sustainability. It serves as an apt metaphor for our community’s, our environment’s and our own continuing lifecycles, interconnectivities and co-dependences on each other.
The purpose of the Downtown Art Route was to build the pedestrian connection between the two downtown commercial districts through creative visible sidewalk murals that were selected and created through an engaged community process. The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville, in partnership with the City of Hendersonville has been making strategic efforts to connect the 7th Avenue and Main Street districts. This endeavor has included a public-private partnership to complete the historic rehabilitation of the award-winning Grey Mill redevelopment workforce housing project that is located along 5th Avenue and serves as an anchor between the districts. Additionally, the Friends of Downtown began the Hendersonville Farmers Market in 2020 on Maple Street, a connection that will serve as a destination at the Depot end of the Downtown Art Route.
Volunteers are invited to join in on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 8:30-1pm at the Azaela Parking Lot at King and 3rd Avenue, no small children please. Please park at the Henderson County Courthouse. A ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:30pm.
ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE
The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville exist to identify, preserve and enhance the key factors that contribute to the authentic small town urban character of historic downtown Hendersonville. For more information, visit downtownhendersonville.org.