Here Comes the Sun, c. mid-1970s (conserved in 1990s)
ARTIST: KAREN STERN
Location: 119 E Main Street (A Thomas Ferguson & Mullins LLP)
The mural Here Comes the Sun was originally painted in the mid-1970s. Over the years the mural experienced significant fading from sun damage and deterioration from a lack of conservation. It was in 1993 that Bill Kalkhof started Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI), and that same year he raised approximately $5,000 to restore the mural to its original condition.
Little information is known about this work, but it brings to mind the one of George Harrison’s best-known Beatles compositions of the same name. In his biography Harrison states:
"Here Comes the Sun" was written at the time when Apple [Records] was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: 'Sign this' and 'sign that.' Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton’s house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote "Here Comes the Sun.”