MALDEN, Mass. — Walden, Mass., Mayor Gary Christenson joined Galvin Murphy, owner of Yankee Pest Control, to announce the winner of the Art Mural Contest which transformed the back side of Murphy’s building at 20 Waite Court.
Malden High School, Malden Catholic and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School each painted a mural that combined covers a 120 by 30 foot “canvas” along the Bike Path. Yankee Pest Control not only generously paid for all of the paint supplies and tarps, but even provided pizza and refreshments to all of the students each time they were on site. Malden business Lothrop Companies generously donated the scaffolding for the duration of the project.
After several weeks of online voting, the results were in. Taking first place and a $1,000 prize was Malden Catholic High School, whose comic book theme about Yankee Pest saving Malden from an infestation secured the most votes. A second place tie was announced between Malden High School whose mural was about the history of biking in Malden and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s positive messaging mural. Second and third prize winners each received a $500 prize.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the results,” said Murphy. “I feel very lucky to have had our talented students create artwork that that users of the Bike Path will enjoy every day.”
Mayor Christenson added, “I thank Galvin Murphy for his generosity and commitment to this community project. Not only did he generate enthusiasm for this collaborative effort among our students, but he also paid for the supplies and provided cash prizes.”