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Digital copy preserves Doylestown Borough’s mural

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Thanks to expert digital photography, the striking mural that spanned a wall in Doylestown Borough’s public meeting room for decades will have a home in the community’s new government offices.
Painted by Bucks County expressionist artist Denver Lindley Jr. in 1981, the work captures various Doylestown landmarks in the unique cubist-surrealistic style he was best known for.
It’s been the “focal point of council chambers for 40 years,” said borough Manager John Davis, “and as such there was a desire to preserve it.” The borough moved from its West Court Street location to its new Doyle Street building earlier this month.
With no practical way to relocate the full piece, which was painted directly onto the drywall, officials turned to The Art Partnership, a Jenkintown-based company that provides artwork ideas to corporate and other clients.

The company took high-resolution, digital images of the mural and placed a variety of them on square 60-inch framed canvases, then hung them in the new hall’s public meeting room. After considering a number of color tones for the reproductions, Newburyport Blue and Deep Poinsetta were chosen to highlight Lindley’s painting, Davis said.
In addition to his artistic work, Lindley served as a Bucks County Commissioner from 1972 to 1976. He was a member of Bucks County Community College’s board of trustees and a founder of the Bucks County Council on the Arts.
“Lindley often worked to bridge the gap between politics and art, and he often tried to present both with an understanding of the other, stating the ‘the arts are vital to society,’” according to the Bucks County Artists Database.
The Yale and Art Students League-educated artist worked in oil, watercolor and charcoal. Lindley died in 2010 in Lexington, Mass.


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