What looks like a break in the concrete wall is really a “tromp l’oeil” or trick of the eye! Ian came up with the idea and tutored Kelly Lee, then a Mansfield High School art student, and she did us proud! The story going round says that a municipal worker was driving by and noticed the “crumbling wall” and frantically called the office. When he went back to look more carefully some of his workers were there and they all had a good laugh! The real door in the wall is institutional green, as seen at the upper left corner, and goes to the pump house that helps keep the road from flooding.
The old door is painted to look like the main door to the Fisher Richardson house, the second oldest house in Mansfield. You can see it on the mural in the field beyond the river on the far right end.