The 41-year-old bar and Chapel Hill landmark He’s Not Here is newly decorated with a mural in tribute to Chapel Hill — and it didn’t cost a dime.
Scott Nurkin, local mural artist and UNC alumnus from the class of 2000, recently finished his newest piece, “Greetings from Chapel Hill.” The mural, which can be found on the back wall of the bar facing Rosemary Street, is a replica of a 1941 postcard by German illustrator Curt Teich.
“I paint murals for a living so I thought it would be an honor to paint one in respect to my alma mater,” Nurkin said.
Nurkin, who said he has done numerous murals around town in the past, was offered a grant from the town of Chapel Hill’s Downtown Art program.
Steve Wright, the public art coordinator for Chapel Hill, said the program is meant to enhance the experience of downtown.
Last spring, the program put out a call for artists to paint a mural downtown, and Nurkin was selected as one of five local artists to get a grant for his project.
Nurkin received $2,200 from the town for his time, materials and supplies, Wright said.
“Greeting from Chapel Hill” was the first of Nurkin’s murals to be sponsored by the town.
“I hope folks are pleasantly surprised by what used to be an unremarkable space downtown,” Wright said.