Chillicothe muralist Kelly Poling completed his latest mural, a recreation of the Graham’s Mill and Bridge mural at the downtown green space at the corner of Washington and Clay streets.
This mural is the third version, in the same location, and the 57th mural that Poling has painted since 2000.

Chillicothe muralist Kelly Poling completed his latest mural, a recreation of the Graham’s Mill and Bridge mural at the downtown green space at the corner of Washington and Clay streets. This mural is the third version, in the same location, and the 57th mural that Poling has painted since 2000. The original mural at this site was painted by Anthony Udovich in the early 1990s. In 2003, Poling was asked to touch up the original mural. A few years later, he completely repainted the mural on concrete panels that were fastened to a wooden structure. The structure was taken down a few years ago because of safety reasons and the wall had been blank since then. Recently, the wall was resurfaced and Poling was asked to recreate the mural for the second time. This time, with an improved painting surface, the mural is 100 feet long, 35 feet tall and is the largest mural that Poling has painted to date. Murals usually take Poling anywhere from 10 days to two weeks to paint, but this one took just nine days. “I was up here from six a.m. to about three p.m., then I’d take a break, because it’s the hottest part of the day,” said Poling. “Then, I’d paint for a couple of hours in the evening.” When asked about his process in maintaining proportions and to paint the picture to scale, he said that he used a grid process that provides him with markers throughout the painting and across the wall. He then uses those markers to move across the 100-foot canvas, according to his designs. This mural is unique because it is his second recreation of the Graham’s Mill and Bridge mural. When asked what differences one might notice between the paintings, Poling stated that this mural is brighter than the previous one. In Chillicothe, Poling has painted 23 outdoor and 10 indoor murals, to date, and he doesn’t anticipate slowing down any time soon. He is part of future plans to fix the mural at Silver Moon Plaza and expects to paint another on the Arts Guild building by the end of summer or early fall. Those projects will be followed by potential works in Stanberry, Carrollton and Marshall, Mo.