- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s Springfield has sent out a call for an artist to paint a planned mural of television’s “The Simpsons.”

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/767Bqu ) that city spokesman Niel Laudati says artist proposals are due by July 10. Springfield hopes for completion by Sept. 10.

The official artwork includes input from cartoon series creator Matt Groening. It’s planned for the west wall of the downtown Emerald Art Center.

Laudati has said the artwork will depict Homer lounging in a hammock, Bart climbing a tree, Marge painting, and Lisa and Maggie riding a bike.

Groening, who grew up in Portland, Oregon, told Smithsonian magazine two years ago that he named the show’s fictional Springfield after the real one in his home state.

The city budgeted $10,000 in hotel tax revenue to pay the artist. Twentieth Century Fox, which would own the mural, is not charging the city for the artwork.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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