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October 21 - December 21, 2007

Litchfield County, from the Connecticut Industry Mural, by Michael Borders. All rights reserved.

Litchfield County, from the Connecticut Industry Mural, by Michael Borders. All rights reserved

The Connecticut Industry Mural, by Michael Borders

Homer Babbidge Library, Plaza West Alcove
Curator: David Kapp

The Connecticut Industry Mural is a graphic depiction of the state's 350-year industrial development, told in eight 10' x 5' panels, each representing one of Connecticut's counties. A south-to-north birds-eye view of each county's topography occupies the background of each panel, showing the hills, valleys and watercourses that gave rise to the state's initial enterprises. Symbols of those early activities, most of which depended on the use of land and water, and illustrations of later products for which the county became known are superimposed on its topography. The historical figures whose ingenuity and energy gave rise to the county's industry are shown in the foreground of each panel, ranked by the century in which they lived.

Borders's mural, created over a period of 25 years, is an ingenious and unique portrayal of the complex historical development of the state's industries, each separate yet related in a web of human activity. It is complemented by a book that explains its myriad details.

Michael Borders is a muralist, illustrator, and portrait painter whose work has appeared in many contexts, from books to CD covers to the walls of nightclubs, schools and churches. He is a life-long resident of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

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