Attaway Park dedicated in remembrance
Linden paid homage to the legacy of a hometown artist who spread his love of art throughout the local area and the U.S.
Linden Main Street dedicated the park on July 7 next to the fiddle mural in downtown as ‘Attaway Park’ after Brad Attaway.
Attaway was known for painting many murals in downtown Linden, Atlanta and Omaha and he often volunteered his skill as an artist.
Brad had also worked in other areas of the U.S. to restore older murals and paint new murals.
Linden Main Street had a marker constructed that displays information about Brad Attaway along with a picture of him.
Brad unfortunately passed away Feb. 17, 2016 at the age of 59.
Linden Main Street Manager Allie Anderson spoke about the park during the ceremony and reasoning behind it.
“Thank you for all coming in support of Linden Main Street and more importantly Brad Attaway who we are gathered to honor this evening,” said Anderson.
“Brad was an amazingly talented artist who was a cherished friend to many in the Northeast Texas area.’
“While he is and will always be greatly missed he has built a legacy that will live on forever in his art.’
“His attention to public art speaks to his generosity and his willingness to share his gifts to the community.’
“After all public art is accessible to anyone and everyone regardless of status or class.’
“It’s because of this we wanted to find some small way that we can thank and honor him for his contribution to our town and the surrounding area.’
“Together with the help of the Linden Area Chamber of Commerce and the Linden Economic Development Corporations we dedicate the newly renamed ‘Attaway Park’ in memory of Brad and its celebration of the beauty he left behind.’
“He truly left the world a more beautiful place than when he found it and for that we are grateful,” said Anderson.
After the ceremony and unveiling of the marker Richard Bowden, John Early and Greg Attaway kicked off the block party by playing a set of songs that included some of Brad’s favorites.
The brother of Brad Attaway, Greg Attaway, commented on what it meant to the family after the ceremony.
“Brad always felt as though what he did was worth remembering and he wanted it to be something special for Linden – Linden has recognized that and I am thankful for that and I know he knows it as well – it is truly a special honor for Linden Main Street to honor him,” said Greg Attaway.
The Linden Chamber of Commerce owns the lot and gave permission for it to be dedicated to Brad.
In the brochure that was handed out at the event it had a quote from Brad that read, “The role of art is to make us think, and every town has its good art. But on the whole, it’s in private collection. So, every chance that one has to create art that the public can see, we should take advantage of it. I consider art magic. It makes one stop and think.”
Along with the dedication of the park, Linden Main Street hosted an ‘Imagine the Possibilities Tour’ that highlights some of the once forgotten vacant buildingsin downtown.
Pop-up shops imitated a department store and were open for business inside what once was the Allen Brothers store.
The vendors had a variety of goods such as home décor, fudge, tinctures, clothes, knives and other items.
Later in the evening there was a screening of the film “Back to the Future” in the lot next to Uncle Juan’s where the Ritz movie theater once stood.