An Ashland woman has created a petition asking Clear Channel to remove a billboard that is blocking the new mural in downtown Framingham.
The mural was created by artist Sorin Bica, from donated funds.
Bica has signed on to the petition, which has 80 signatures of of noon Friday, April 22.
“This amazing mural is an inspiring addition to the neighborhood and is a key part of the revitalization strategy spearheaded by Framingham Downtown Renaissance, a non-profit group,” wrote Andrea Green, who is an artist herself. “This mural is a beautiful piece of art that should be accessible to everyone and should be seen in all it’s glory! Clear Channel can afford to move the billboard to another location.”
The public art project by Bica was part of the Front Door Framingham project. The Framingham Downtown Renaissance organization commissioned Bica to paint the 100-foot-wide mural on a brick wall at 16 Concord Street next to the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks at the intersection of Routes 135 and 126.
The mural, which represents Framingham families, musicians, and even Boston marathon runners, is bright and colorful. Bica, a Framingham artist with a studio in the Bancroft Building in Framingham and in the SoWa district in Boston, used orange, blue, brown, yellow, white and black colors to create it.
The Framingham Downtown Renaissance organization created a crowd-source campaign to raise the $40,000. More than 75 percent of the cost was raised by last year so Bica could start painting in June 2015. Local brew Jack’s Abby made a limited edition lager and money sold from it benefitted the mural.
Clear Channel was contacted for comment, but has not responded yet.