WPA era murals uncovered at URI

Providence, R.I. – Construction at the University of Rhode Island has revealed a group of depression-era murals that officials thought had been destroyed in the 1960's.

URI art history professor Ron Onorato says the murals are one of just six or seven examples of public art in Rhode Island funded by the federal Works Projects Administration, or WPA.

"To have these things uncovered, they're very bright, they're in pretty good shape, they're very colorful, and so it really was like seeing something that I thought we had lost forever," Onorato says.

The murals were discovered during a $1.5 million dollar restoration project funded by the federal stimulus package. They will have to be removed and cleaned.

School officials say they have not yet decided where the works will be permanently housed.