Project Description

Downtown Junkers Tea Room Mural & Upcycling Courtyard

In a quiet, vacant space next to the Downtown Junkers upcycling shop sat the Grand Union Tea Company mural, a photo display featuring a life-size depiction of the historic building and its owner Fannie Paxton. Groundwork Studio worked with Downtown Junkers to transform this vacant lot into a bustling community gathering space that would host upcycling workshops, small events and arts and crafts fairs. This one of a kind, creative placemaking project exemplifies the potential of business partnerships with their local MainStreet organization and the power of community. The photo mural and fence portion of the project was funded in part by a New Mexico Resiliency Alliance grant and constructed entirely by the business owners and community members in time for Farmington’s Summer Artwalk in 2019. The fencing was made almost entirely with recycled materials, and the new gate features a custom flower design. The courtyard design includes phased improvements such as repurposing the old greenhouse structure for shade and lighting, upcycling the existing corn husker into a fountain and renovating a trailer into a stage. Additional improvements include workshop benches and seating, a children’s play area and murals.


Farmington, NM


Farmington Downtown MainStreet and NM MainStreet

Year Completed



Creative Placemaking
Community Engagement

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