FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Arts Advisory Committee has helped save a Great Depression-era mural from being lost in the Fairfield center post office’s move down the street.
“Tempora Mutanto et Nos Mutamor in Illis” which translates to “Times Change and We Change with Them,” was commissioned by the federal government and painted by Alice Flint as part of a New Deal program that paid for artwork for government buildings.
The work hung outside the Postmaster’s office on the Post Road post office since the 1930s, until the U.S. Postal Service moved its Fairfield center office two doors down last summer. With no space for it in the new office, the U.S. Postal Service was looking for a new home for the mural.
This week it was installed in a conference room in Fairfield’s Sullivan Independence Hall. The USPS will still own the work, but it will stay in Fairfield for at least the next 25 years.
The work to bring the painting to one of Fairfield’s town halls was done by the Fairfield Arts Advisory Committee, a group organized by First Selectman Michael Tetreau to promote arts and culture in Fairfield. In the future the committee will also be involved in programs at the Fairfield Theatre Company, the downtown banner program, Fairfield Restaurant Week and the town’s 375th birthday celebration in 2014.
“The Town regards the arts as a valuable component of life in our community,” Tetreau said in a press release. “We hope that this new addition to the history of Fairfield will be one of many cultural enhancements to Fairfield.”