“Churchill has always been an inspirational figure as one who faced incredible difficulty yet pulled the nation together,” he said. “I think it is kind of an apropos moment as it were.”
This is the second mural in recent weeks painted by artist Erica Arndts on the tower.
Last month she completed a large-scale retro-style postcard that reads ‘”Greetings From Dayton.” Both murals are near the building’s main entrance on Second Street.
The Churchill mural, 15-feet tall and 20-feet wide, looks like a vintage photograph in sepia tones.
Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain during much of World War II, is the subject of the latest downtown Dayton mural on the Stratacache Tower. The image of Churchill, painted by mural artist Erica Arndts, is accompanied by a quote he is associated with, âIf you are going through hell, keep going.â LISA POWELL / STAFF
The prime minister is making the V-sign signifying “Victory,” a gesture he was often photographed making during the war.
Riegel said he believes Churchill’s quote was meant as a rallying call. “If you were going through a tough time, don’t stop. You have to continue to fight forward.”
“I kind of see the virus as one challenge but the economic challenge that is coming after is going to be an even bigger challenge,” Riegel said. “Just don’t stop. That’s not who we are, that’s not what we do, we continue to fight.”