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Norwalk 2.0 Installs Fence Art Exhibit On Downtown History

Photo Credit: Courtesy Jackie Lightfield

NORWALK, Conn. -- Downtown Norwalk is celebrating "Norwalk 2.0" with fence-art banners at City Hall, Mill Hill, Freese Park and the library.

The banners highlight the history of the downtown and "encourage walkers to look at sites in the downtown a little differently," according to a press release. Historic photos provide a glimpse of "what was there before while standing near what is here now," according to the release. Many of the selected photos show historic buildings that are still standing.

Inside City Hall is a collection of more than 30 Works Progress Administration (WPA) era murals, created in the 1930s, that are on display following restoration that was originally completed in the 1980s. The Norwalk Arts Commission offers a printed map inside City Hall with the locations of each mural, according to the release.

"The playful signs invite the public to view the murals," representatives said in the release.

"The Norwalk Public Library, itself a Carnegie era building, houses not only the largest collection of historic documents about the city of Norwalk, but two WPA murals and two recent additions commissioned by Norwalk 2.0 as part of last year’s FACES of Norwalk project," according to the release.

The installation at Freese Park portrays "the damage captured at the time at one of the key sites affected" in the 1955 flood, according to the release. The exhibit also depicts earlier eras when shops lined Main Street and Wall Street.

"Norwalk 2.0 is part of a growing national movement that leverages technology to increase social engagement and participation in communities," representatives said. "Gov 2.0, Code for America and Startup America all focus on delivering tech tools to local organizations and communities to enable better and more efficient ways of making communities better."

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