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A new effort to save Vale’s murals: digital

The digital reproduction of the mural "The Shortcut" was installed on the Les Schwab building in Vale and replaced the original done in artist paints. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – There was no paint in sight when the new mural on the Les Schwab building was installed in July. That’s because the mural is a digital reproduction of the original painted in 1994.

“It’s an experiment for us to see what we might do at less cost,” said Frank Yraguen, member of the Vale Heritage Reflections Mural Society. “We’re really interested in longevity.”

Roughly a dozen of Vale’s 34 murals could use a makeover, but cost is an issue.

A digital reproduction costs about a third of what a traditional mural costs, said Yraguen.

The mural society retained the small-scale paintings that . . .