On a recent Friday, two murals by the late Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden were moved into their new home at the Hartford Public Library in a carefully executed feat of logistics and engineering carried out by Mariano Brothers Specialty Moving. The works were commissioned by the city for the Hartford Civic Center in 1980 for $100,000. They hung in relative obscurity for three decades above concourse-level entrances to the arena. Originally visible through windows at the Civic Center, later construction of interior walls blocked their view from the general public. Buying a ticket to an event at the arena was the only way to view the murals. Current renovations at the now XL Center necessitated that the murals be removed, cleaned and stored, until a new home was found. Local arts activists worked to secure a home for the murals – now worth a combined $4.2 million – at the library thereby fulfilling their intended purpose as public art. Today the colorful and abstract works, measuring about 10X16 feet and weighing about 500 pounds each, are can now be easily viewed by the public in bright well-used rooms at the library. To learn more about Romare Bearden and his work, click here.