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Canal-related mural set for downtown

Work on a mural depicting Clinton Square in Erie Canal days is slated to be painted on the north wall of First Niagara Bank at 126 N. Salina St., across the street from the Post-Standard building.

The bank commissioned Corky Goss of Syracuse, who has done more than 25 such murals across the state. Goss said it will not be completed until next year as he can only work on it on weekends, as not to interfere with the daily operation of the drive-in teller window.

Goss's company is called "Art in Public Places." His partner is Chip Miller, a teacher at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville.

Financing for the mural comes from an organization called "Adapt Central New York," and several other groups.

The wall has been cleaned and primed to receive the mural. The plan is to have it completed by the summer of 2010. Goss will also be working on a series of murals for the village of Newark.

Goss has done several public and private murals in other canal communities including Lyons and Clyde.

"It's really taking off," he said, with plans for other murals being made in Rochester and the nearby community of Greece.

Meanwhile, several other artists have already or are about to create additional murals along the canal system.

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