South Shore Village Mural Project

South Shore Village is a small commercial district on the southern shores of Lake Macatawa. This little district is home to a mix of shops and offices, from real estate to fresh flowers and authentic Mexican cooking. As of 2012, South Shore Village is also the backdrop for a community mural project. Five murals were painted in 2012 and three more in 2013- the committee managing the project hope for several more in 2014.

The South Shore Village Mural Project is driven by the merchants in the district with support from the City of Holland and other interested organizations, including  the Holland Visitors Bureau. The murals depict important scenes from historic Holland, like the early boat-building industry, Holland's designation as the hometown of four Medal of Honor winners, and the inspiration for L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz.

The murals include:

430 W. 17th St., (the "LadderPlex" building) Local artist Joel Schoon-Tanis depicts imagery from The Wizard of Oz.

473 W. 17th St., (Repcolite Paint) All three murals on the back of this building (north side facing 16th St.) were painted by Jessica Miller, an artist from New Buffalo, MI. Two murals depict Holland's ship building story- from past to present days. Her third mural honors the contributions of local women to Holland's industry during World War II.

523 W. 17th St., (on the Transform Fitness building) Muralists Derek Johnson and Adam Dahlstrom memorialize the four Medal of Honor recipients from the Holland area, and portray the unique circumstances at the time of their service. 

554 W. 17th St., (just west of Jackie's Place Restaurant) The Lake Breeze Carries the Scent of Pickles mural by Mary Sundstrom and Maggie Bandstra is a whimsical nod to many of Holland's landmark attractions and industries. Visitors will see imagery from the boat building era to the Wizard of Oz connection to cucumber vines that reference the Heinz Pickle Factory, located adjacent to South Shore Village.

505 W. 17th St., (on the west side of the JP Gems' and Jewelry shop) Muralist Conrad Kaufman draws upon several of Holland's historic buildings as well as a landmark statue in Kollen Park of early immigrants. The yellow brick road and "Toto" dog again reference the Oz connection, while fields of tulips remind us of Holland's favorite flower.

505 W. 17th St., (on the west side of the JP Gems' and Jewelry shop)- Brenna Dunn's mural references Holland's earliest days and the area's early history as a settlement for Native Americans from the Ottawa tribe, as well as an outpost for the Methodist Church and the Reverend Isaac Fairbanks.

Visit South Shore Village today and enjoy these one-of-a-kind murals along with the charming shops and restaurants in this tidy little neighborhood.

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