Restoration of Here Today Mural from Town Tire Auto Service Centers

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Town Tire Auto Service Center continues to protect endangered animals as a local advocate and supporter of Florida Wildlife through various efforts such as their "Here Today" mural painted by local artist Harimandir Khalsa.

Town Tire Auto Service Center "Here Today" Mural

Town Tire Auto Service Center "Here Today" Mural

Turbyfill recently commissioned Khalsa to freshen the mural’s artwork, as part of their store’s exterior renovations, which was finished just a few weeks ago.

Wood storks, sea turtles, black bears, manatees and pumas, Florida is rich with many species of animals that make this state so unique. Unfortunately, many of those animals are also endangered, and 13 years ago, Town Tire Auto Service Centers partnered with Melrose, FL artist Harimandir Khalsa to heighten awareness of that fact. One side of Town Tire’s location at 625 NW 8th Avenue in downtown Gainesville, FL is painted with a mural by Khalsa. The mural spells out “Here Today,” with images of endangered animals in each letter; the second half of that familiar expression is left implied. Unfortunately, the mural has faded over the years, despite Khalsa’s use of a UV-blocking clear coat.

That’s where Town Tire’s owner, Ernie Turbyfill, has recently stepped in. Turbyfill recently commissioned Khalsa to freshen the mural’s artwork, as part of their store’s exterior renovations, which was finished just a few weeks ago. The mural had become such a familiar and well-loved part of the community’s landscape that Town Tire Auto Service Centers received many questions about its fate when the panels were temporarily pulled down for repainting.

“My subject matter is almost always some kind of animal, and most of the animals I paint are endangered species,” said Khalsa. “The message is meant more as a question than a statement. This is an environmental awareness and public education project. It’s my hope that it will make people more aware of environmental issues and how much we really do have to lose if we don’t take care of what we have.”

Town Tire Auto Service Centers is a family-owned business and has been a trusted part of the North Florida community since 1959, with top-quality auto repair, a wide selection of premium tires and a commitment to excellence in customer service. More than that, however, Town Tire’s collaboration with Khalsa on the repainting of the mural speaks to the company’s values and a deep engagement with the community and the region.

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