Flying high: ‘Backyard birds’ mural for downtown Dover nears completion

DOVER — The birds are getting closer to flying to their eventual home in downtown Dover.

Joshua Nobiling, assistant professor of art at Wesley College, has been working with a team of artists, students and more than 50 community volunteers to complete the “Dover’s Backyard Birds” mural.

“This continues to be an exciting project,” Mr. Nobiling said. “Our participants have been very enthusiastic, and our birds are getting ready to fly.”

Once the paintings are completed later this summer, they will be installed on the wall behind the Mitten & Winters CPA building at 117 Loockerman Street.

Bill Winters, one of the partners in the CPA firm, is looking forward to adding a bit of beauty to downtown Dover.
“Murals beautify public spaces and we are very pleased to partner with the Downtown Dover Partnership on this project,” Mr. Winters said. “Murals have social, cultural and economic benefits and often relay the values and history of the community.”
Some of the painting has taken place during the Downtown Dover Partnership’s (DDP) First Friday in Dover events.
“It has been so exciting to watch this mural come to life from a concept drawing to a full-scale public art piece,” said Kristin Pleasanton, chair of the DDP’sp Design Committee. “We believe the birds will bring a lot of interest and added vitality to the visual appeal of downtown Dover.

“Members of the community are still invited to participate, though time is running short.”

Interested participants should contact Mr. Nobiling at 302-736-2486 or

The Downtown Dover Partnership and State of Delaware Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund (NBBF) provided funding for the mural. For more information, contact

The birds are the latest initiative Mr. Nobiling has had at adding a little bit of color and character to downtown Dover.
He also teamed up with NCALL Research and its Restoring Central Dover a couple of years ago and spearheaded a mural project designed to brighten up a city playground that stands at the corner of Division and Kirkwood Streets in downtown Dover.

Mr. Nobiling says everybody’s welcome to participate in his mural projects.

“People don’t need to have experience painting,” he said. “People can learn from me and I’ll also have my students involved as well. We don’t want anybody to think that they can’t participate because they’re not an artist.

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